30 May 2013

Sport: Pacific support for softball and baseball's Olympic return

10:54 am on 30 May 2013

The American Samoa Softball Association has applauded the International Olympic Committee for recommending that softball, baseball, wrestling and squash be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

The sports were selected by secret ballot from a shortlist of eight that also included karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu.

ASSA President Larry Sanitoa say that the local baseball and softball organizations were taken by surprise when the two sports were dumped from the Olympic programme four years ago and the recommendation is welcome news for local avid fans and aspiring athletes.

Wrestling has been given another lifeline three months after the IOC announced that it wanted the ancient sport ejected for the 2020 Games.

The full IOC membership will vote on which of the three sports to add to the programme in September.