Baseball’s Olympic Bid To Include Women

The Associated Press reports a women’s component will be added to baseball’s bid for inclusion in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Harvey Schiller, president of the International Baseball Federation, told The Associated Press the change will be made in the next few days.

Schiller said women’s baseball is a growing sport and he estimates that between 300,000 and 500,000 women and girls play baseball worldwide.

Several weeks ago women’s softball rejected baseball’s proposal for a joint bid. Women’s softball has reportedly given the International Olympic Committee (IOC) an option of adding men’s softball.

Baseball and softball are among seven sports competing for two openings at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The IOC is making its decision in October.

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