The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday approved the return of baseball and softball to the Olympic program for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The two sports, which had been eliminated after the 2008 Games, were restored only for the 2020 Games.
The international federations that oversee baseball and softball had vigorously campaigned for the return of both sports to the Olympics.
"What a truly great day for the sports of softball and baseball," USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress said. "For softball and baseball to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program is a dream come true for many athletes across the world. USA Softball is proud to be the national governing body for the sport of softball and will continue to work diligently every day to promote our great sport of softball on the world stage.'