Baseball, softball among finalist sports to be added for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Baseball and softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were named finalist sports to be considered to be added for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Games organizers said Monday.

The sports are expected to make presentations in Tokyo in early August. Tokyo 2020 organizers are expected to recommend which sports to add, if any at all, by Sept. 30, with the International Olympic Committee making a final decision in August 2016.

Olympic host cities can propose adding sports for their Games under Agenda 2020 reforms passed by the International Olympic Committee in December.

Tokyo 2020 organizers said added sports will promote “the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal” and engage “the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”

Baseball and softball, part of the Olympics from 1996 through 2008, are a joint bid and thought to be the favorite to be added for Tokyo 2020, if any sports are added. More on baseball-softball here.

Squash, along with baseball-softball, lost out on being added for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics when the IOC voted to keep wrestling in the Olympic program on Sept. 8, 2013.

The following sports applied for inclusion in Tokyo 2020 but failed to make the finalist list:

Air sports, bowls, bridge, chess, dance sport, floorball, flying disc, football, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports and waterski and wakeboard.

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