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Tokyo gets Olympics; decision on baseball to come next

Sep 7, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Computer-generated file handout image shows Tokyo Stadium, one of the proposed Olympic stadiums for the 2020 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo Reuters

Those wanting baseball and softball back in the Olympics got the news they were looking for Saturday: Tokyo was named the host city for the 2020 games, beating out Istanbul in a runoff after Madrid was eliminated earlier in the afternoon.

The decision on whether to add baseball and softball, squash or wrestling to the Olympic program for 2020 will come Sunday. Given the popularity of the sports in each region,  wrestling seemed an obvious choice for an Istanbul games, while baseball makes a ton of sense in Japan. Of course, this being the IOC, we shouldn’t trust common sense dictating what gets played. According to Nick Zaccardi, wrestling was viewed as the heavy favorite to get the nod going into today’s decision.

It won’t happen, but I’d say put both in. Taking wrestling out of the Olympics was a crazy idea in the first place, and while baseball may be less of an Olympic tradition, it will no doubt play to packed houses (that already exist and wouldn’t have to be built) in a country that loves the sport.

  1. hildezero - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I agree. Put both sports in the Olympics.

  2. dondada10 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Walking fast is an Olympic sport.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racewalking

    How the hell aren’t wrestling and baseball?

    • raysfan1 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Not only is race walking an Olympic event, there’s even a movie about, starring Cary Grant and set in Tokyo during the 1964 Olympiad. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061170/
      “Walk, Don’t Run”

      Wrestling, being one of the sports in the Ancient Greek Olympics, absolutely should be in the games.

      Baseball in Japan should likewise be a no-brainer.

    • randomdigits - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Wrestling should be in.

      Baseball is a huge expense for a hosting city that doesn’t have adequate facilities.

      • clydeserra - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Tokyo will have the baseball infrastructure

      • randomdigits - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        Of course Tokyo will. Most host nations won’t. Greece spent a ton of money on Baseball facilities that never got used again after the games.

  3. mybrunoblog - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    This is cool and all but I can’t worry about Olympic games that won’t be played for seven years.

    • raysfan1 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Except that the planning starts now and thus the campaigning to include baseball has to happen now. The decisions on whether baseball makes an Olympic comeback will happen prior to the 2016 Olympics.

  4. rcali - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Olympics…Yaaawwwnnnnnn. That’s right, bring on the thumbs down.

  5. greymares - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    If i can only have one i’m rooting for wrestling. who wants to watch a bunch of pros play more baseball

  6. clydeserra - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    baseball in the olympics is silly.

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