TOKYO -- Save the date! On Monday, September 28, Tokyo 2020 will make a decision on the additional event(s) to be proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2020 Olympic Games. 

The final decision will be taken at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.

Eight International Federations are hoping to join the Olympic Program of the 2020 Games: the World Baseball Softball Confederation, World Bowling, the World Karate Federation, the International Roller Sports Federation, the International Federation of Sport Climbing, the World Squash Federation, the International Surfing Association, and the International Wushu Federation.

Message from the World Baseball Softball Confederation
WBSC is hopeful that putting baseball and softball – Japan’s National sport – under the Tokyo 2020 umbrella could help further position the Olympic Games as the center of the sporting and cultural universe – and provide Tokyo 2020 organizers with another tool to shine the spotlight on the 2020 Games and on the host nation itself, optimizing fan-, youth- and overall engagement nationally and internationally.

With the existing baseball/softball venues throughout Japan, it could bring Tokyo 2020 and the Olympic Movement dividends – particularly in engaging both genders and youth -- with no associated construction costs and minimal operational costs – aligning with the Agenda 2020 vision.

-- Courtesy of Toyko 2020

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