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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Olympics in Future For Baseball, Softball?

This summer, it seemed like baseball’s chances to be in the Olympics again had died, when the International Olympic Committee added wrestling over sports such as baseball on its future Olympic program.

Now that the 2020 Games have been awarded to Tokyo, however, it looks like baseball and softball, in a joint bid, are likely to be added, thanks to a strong push from the host country Japan.

International baseball officials attending the Winter Meetings said new IOC president Thomas Bach was expected to push for approval of Japan’s plans to have both stick-and-ball sports on the program for 2020. Host cities have some discretion with the Olympic program, and because no new venues will have to be built for the sports in Tokyo, the IOC will not stand in the way if Japan wants to have both sports.

winnipegwhip Posted: December 10, 2013 at 02:12 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: December 10, 2013 at 04:46 PM (#4615387)
Hooray!
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 10, 2013 at 04:55 PM (#4615398)
It would be ridiculous for Japan not to have baseball in its Olympic Games. It may not be the "national sport" per se (sumo is), but it's the most popular sport in the country.
   3. John Northey Posted: December 10, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4615473)
The Olympics really should have an open slot for each country that holds the games to pick a sport to fill. So if it is in Japan we get baseball/softball, the US might pick US rules football (easy gold), etc. Although odds are the sport would have to be picked from a list of 'approved' sports thus no US football (played in the US and that's about it, Canadian football has a few significant rule differences).
   4. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: December 10, 2013 at 07:48 PM (#4615547)
US can have atock car racing, then. Another easy gold.
   5. Flynn Posted: December 10, 2013 at 08:18 PM (#4615557)
I know people will go who cares, we already have the WBC, Europeans will never care about baseball, blah blah blah. But in an awful lot of countries (including the US, although we obviously don't need the help for baseball), being in the Olympics is the deciding choice between funding or no funding.
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 11, 2013 at 06:05 AM (#4615741)
Until they get rid of the stupid international rule with the extra-inning baserunners, I don't care about Olympic baseball, because it's not really baseball. Sorry, but there it is.

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