IOC Takes No Action in December on Softball
There has been widespread anticipation that the IOC Executive Board would, at its December 11-12 meeting, take the first steps toward adding softball/baseball to the 2020 Olympic program.
But, asked for a report on that prospective discussion, the IOC sent Spy the following message this morning:
“Thank you for your email. Regarding your request, this item was not discussed by the IOC Executive Board this week.
“The potential inclusion of baseball/softball is indeed something that the IOC might consider but before making such a decision it is important to study the situation and to gather views/feedback from our different stakeholders. Some have expressed the need to see more flexibility. So we are studying the possibility but will not speculate on the outcome of the discussions at this stage.”
Thus, IOC is first studying whether and how to add other sports to the 2020 program. At this point, softball has not been included or excluded.
Speculation about possible outcomes for the December meeting were fueled by IOC comments, by several members of the IOC Executive Board.
Baseball and softball still have a chance of being included in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, IOC President Thomas Bach said Wednesday, in remarks quoted by the Associated Press..
“This will be under discussion,” Bach said at a November news conference. “We will have the first broad discussion in December in a meeting of the executive board of the IOC, then the executive board will present its first discussion paper to the IOC session in Sochi.”
But, Bach also said in Tokyo: “I am open for more flexibility in the Olympic program,” said Bach, who was elected president in September to succeed Jacques Rogge. “But first we have to see what the rest of my colleagues in the IOC think.”