World Baseball Softball Confederation ups effort in bid to return to Olympics

Co-president Don Porter spoke about the need to get the word out about the necessity of softball and baseball in the Olympics.
By Chris Brannick, Staff Writer, cbrannick@opubco.com Published: June 5, 2013
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The World Baseball Softball Confederation continued its push on Wednesday to get their sports reinstated into the Olympics in 2020. Co-president Don Porter spoke about the need to get the word out about the necessity of softball and baseball in the Olympics.

In 2005, the International Olympic Committee made the decision to remove softball and baseball from the Olympics. There have been multiple attempts to get these two sports back into the Olympics, but those failed. Now, seeking re-entrance again, softball and baseball have another hurdle — wrestling.

Wrestling was dropped from the Olympics on Feb. 12, 2013, and quickly added to the list of sports vying for a spot in the 2020 games, creating a huge obstacle for every other sport, as wrestling has been featured in the Olympics dating back to the original games. Baseball and softball only appeared in four Olympics, from 1996 to 2008.

“Wrestling is a great sport,” Porter said. “We are going to work between now and September to show the I.O.C. that we have a sport that has an added value.”

An estimated 65 million competitors play baseball and softball around the world. The I.O.C. will vote again in September on which sport will be reinstated into the Olympics for the 2020 games. On May 29, the committee shortened a list of seven sports down to three, with wrestling, squash and baseball and softball being chosen as finalists.