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Fidel Castro’s son hopes baseball has good chance to return to Olympics

Antonio Castro

The vice-president of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), Antonio Castro, son of long-time Cuban leader Fidel Castro, speaks during the final presentation for baseball/softball to fill the final sports slot left vacant for the 2020 Olympic Games, during the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, on September 8, 2013. The sports of wrestling, squash and the joint bid of softball/baseball are competing for the right to be added on the Olympic Games sports roster for the 2020 Summer Games. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Antonio Castro, son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, is spurring baseball’s latest attempt to rejoin the Olympics.

“Not only for Tokyo 2020 but for beyond I think we may have a good chance hopefully,” Castro said at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Congress in Hammamet, Tunisia, according to insidethegames. Castro is the vice president of the International Baseball Federation.

Baseball and softball, which were last in the Olympics in 2008, were beaten by wrestling in a bid to re-enter the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024 at an International Olympic Committee vote in September.

But new IOC president Thomas Bach said leading up to the Sochi Olympics and again at the Winter Games that there could be flexibility over a rule that mandates sports must be on the Olympic program seven years before they are contested at a Summer or Winter Games.

The WBSC is set to request a meeting with Bach, according to the report, hoping to be reconsidered for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before the IOC Executive Board meets in Monaco in December, when the 2020 Olympic agenda will be submitted for final approval. Baseball and softball are popular in Japan, boosting their cases more so than if the 2020 Olympics had been awarded to Madrid or Istanbul in last year’s vote.

“We want to go inside the Olympics, but not only for 2020 but for our whole life,” Castro said, according to the report.

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