Monday, April 06, 2009

Olympic Sports: Women's Softball divorces Men's Baseball -- now with new dates

Women's softball has been hitched to men's baseball in terms of Olympic sports for some time. However, baseball, with the steroid scandals and the less than highest quality players on the teams for the Olympics, soured relations have developed. The International Olympic Committee said that baseball's time in the games is finished. The sport, (baseball) got ejected.

Meanwhile, women's softball got the shaft as well from the Olympics.

Now, the two different sports are hitching up with new opposite sex partners.

Baseball wants in the games again -- with men's baseball and women's baseball.

Softball wants in the games again -- with women's softball and men's softball.

Frankly, I don't think it makes sense to exclude women's softball from the Olympics only because Team USA won every year -- until 2008. Women's softball should stay in the Olympics.

Furthermore, I don't think it makes sense to allow for women's baseball nor men's softball to become Olympic sports. I'd rather see canoe water polo. Furthermore, it is a crying shame if we don't have women's ski jumping in the 2010 winter Olympics. But, that's a different matter.

Baseball to add women's sport to bid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Baseball will be adding a women's component to its bid to be reinstated for the 2016 Summer Games.

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

The move comes a few weeks after women's softball rejected baseball's proposal for a joint baseball-softball bid. The two sports are among seven competing for two openings for new sports at the 2016 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will vote in October on which sports to add.

Schiller says women's baseball is a growing sport. He estimates that between 300,000 and 500,000 women play baseball worldwide. Meanwhile, women's softball has given the IOC an option of adding men's softball.

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