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Baseball, softball submit Olympic proposal for Tokyo 2020

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BEIJING - AUGUST 20: Lo Kuo-Hui of Chinese Taipei readies himself on defence in the outfield against Canada in the preliminary baseball game at the Wukesong Baseball Field during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) submitted its official proposal to add men’s baseball and women’s softball for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, it said Thursday.

The WBSC said Tokyo 2020 organizers will announce a short list of sports that could be added for the Olympics on June 22.

Sports can be added for Tokyo 2020 due to the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 reforms passed in December. A host city can propose sports to be added.

“The WBSC is hoping to highlight that adding baseball and softball to the 2020 Games in Japan – where the bat-and-ball sport is embedded in the society across both genders – will serve to optimise fan, youth and overall engagement, helping to captivate the entire Olympic host nation of Japan and audiences worldwide,” the WBSC said in a press release.

Japan won baseball or softball medals at every Olympics in which the sports were included, starting with baseball in 1992 and ending in 2008.

Other sports reported to be interested in Tokyo 2020 inclusion are bowling, karate, billiards and squash. In 2013, baseball/softball and squash lost to wrestling in a bid to join the Olympics for 2016 and 2020.

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