Softball at the Olympics

Softball is an event for women only. Softball was first officially on the program at the Olympic Games in 1996, but dropped from the Olympic program after the 2008 Olympics (along with baseball).

Baseball and softball (in a joint bid) was one of the eight sports that was listed for inclusion for the 2020 Olympic program, and made it to the final three (with squash and wrestling) but lost out to wrestling. The sport continues to lobby for inclusion.

Another vote to add a sport onto the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program in June 2015 found baseball/softball short listed with another 7 sports. The final decision of which sport or sports will be selected is not expected until August 2016.


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