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LMUfan

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Here are three reasons why I believe softball wasn't voted back into the Olympics.  I'm sure there are others, like American dominance, but these three are very glaring.

1. Wrestling.  It was the darling, the sweetheart, of the sports that were being voted on.  How could an Olympics exist without wrestling?  It's the most basic of sports representing why the Olympics were started.  It almost had to be voted back in.

2. Baseball.  Softball is a clean sport.  No top athlete has ever been associated with a drug scandal.  No so for baseball.  Baseball is riddled with drug scandals from the amateurs up through professional baseball.  Tying softball's fate with the fate of baseball was a horrible decision.  You are known by the people you associate with and softball chose to associate with baseball.  One of the truly bungled decisions in softball history.

3. Publicity.  For the most part when the world think softball they think of slow pitch beer drinking softball leagues.  They don't think of fastpitch.  But that isn't the real problem.  The world, at large, didn't even know that softball was up for a vote to be reinstated in the Olympics.  I heard three reports on the news in the last two days talking about this vote.  ALL of them said something to this effect: "In a vote by the Olympic Committee they chose to reinstate wrestling while the losers were baseball and squash."  NOT A SINGLE REPORT EVEN MENTIONED SOFTBALL. Not one!  The world didn't even know softball was in the running.

I know it hurts to be rejected but to not even be noticed should hurt more.  Softball is the wallflower at the dance that no one even notices.

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And then there's this.
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Modern Pentathlon was kept over wrestling. That was the doom for softball/baseball since they would have to compete against a sport that was at the Olympics before jesus walked the earth.

This quote from Mendoza sums it up--
“When I heard wrestling got eliminated back in February, I remember thinking, This isn’t good,” says Jessica Mendoza, who won an Olympic gold in softball for the U.S. at the 2004 Olympics and a silver in 2008, the last year softball was part of the Games. She knew softball would now have to compete against wrestling for Olympic status and sensed that wrestling would be the sentimental favorite. Modern pentathlon would have been a much easier opponent.

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My understanding is softball will return as an Olympic sport in 2020.  Supposedly an announcement was made Wednesday.

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/ioc-recommends-baseball-and-softball-be-added-to-the-2020-tokyo-olympics/

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Originally Posted by Dewey
My understanding is softball will return as an Olympic sport in 2020.  Supposedly an announcement was made Wednesday.

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/ioc-recommends-baseball-and-softball-be-added-to-the-2020-tokyo-olympics/


Dewey,
I thought that Michele Smith said they will know for sure in August. 
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AZSBFAN - You're probably right.  I've had several people tell me softball is back in the Olympics come 2020 but I can't find a definitive statement confirming it's a done deal.  The link I provided was the closest I could find.  If they're saying differently on the telecast, I suspect they are more accurate.  Thanks.
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AZSBFAN - You're probably right.  I've had several people tell me softball is back in the Olympics come 2020 but I can't find a definitive statement confirming it's a done deal.  The link I provided was the closest I could find.  If they're saying differently on the telecast, I suspect they are more accurate.  Thanks.

Your article is accurate that it still needs to be voted on by the general assembly this summer. 

"Thursday, the International Olympics Committee announced that it will recommend both sports be added in a vote by the general assembly in Rio de Janeiro this coming summer the night before the 2016 games begin."

I think a lot of people expect the vote will be a formality (e.g. rubber stamp).
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So we may actually get softball in the Olympics again at some point?
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http://www.vox.com/2016/7/13/12067548/olympics-jennie-finch
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The host country can add sports for their Olympics, I believe.  I'm pretty sure that Japan has done that for softball.  Whether it remains after 2020 is a different matter altogether.
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If a US city gets to host in 2024 then they will also have softball.
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The host country can add sports for their Olympics, I believe.  I'm pretty sure that Japan has done that for softball.  Whether it remains after 2020 is a different matter altogether.

Hosts ability to add demonstration sports was suspended after the 1992 Olympics. Beijing was allowed to run a Wushu tournament in parallel with the 2008 Olympics, however Olympic medals were not awarded at it.
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