IOC : Unanimous approval for Olympic Agenda 2020 brings hope to baseball
Interesting reforms have been passed unanimously by the IOC. Primarily to make Olympics more cost efficient, sustainable for host cities and countries the recommendations also made way for inclusion of sports which have a local fan following in the host country like Baseball and Softball for Tokyo 2020. See the full list of recommendations here.
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) December 8, 2014
Japan’s attempt seem to be bearing fruit and possibly we should see locally popular games make their way into the 2020 event. The recommendation number 10 specifically lists that Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, or OCOG’s can make proposals to include a particular sports event based on local considerations. This is a good news for local sporting events to make their presence at Olympics and Baseball and Softball have their best chance now to get included.
Other sports vying for a spot at the 2020 Olympic Games include Squash and even the popular sport in Japan, Karate.
The IOC notes that significant effort went to get the unanimous decision saying “It was a very, very positive surprise. But it followed over a year of constructive discussions. Some of the recommendations were not easy for certain members to swallow. Some may have hoped for no recommendation or a different recommendation on a specific issue. So it was encouraging that regardless of their individual interests or positions, they were determined to make Olympic Agenda 2020 a success.”