Baseball and Softball are now one step closer to returning to the Olympic Games for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Games. This news coming out of Monaco after the International Olympic Committee agreed that the venue organizers may make a request for the inclusion of sports that are not on the Olympic program.
The news is without a doubt a huge step forward for Baseball and Softball especially seeing as if the 2020 games are scheduled to take place in Japan, a county that absolutely adores the two sports.
The IOC president Thomas Bach, after just over a year on the job, has been eager to revamp the sports program. Bach has been frantically pushing for this change, saying it was necessary for the Games to remain relevant and popular.
It is also expected to boost the Game’s attraction by bringing in sports that are far more popular around the world than some traditional Olympic sports as well as potentially increasing revenues from broadcasters and sponsors.
The change also allows host cities to shore up local enthusiasm by adding a sport popular in their part of the world, and with the sports of Baseball and Softball going hand-in-hand with Japan, this is great news for all Baseball and Softball fanatics out their.