Softball fans all over the world were delighted to hear that softball would be included in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, but the battle to include baseball and softball in the games long term is far from over...
Tokyo has a very long and rich baseball and softball history, so it's not a major surprise that the sports were added to the roster for the 2020 Olympic games. But the 2024 Olympics are moving to France, where the baseball and softball tradition is no where near as strong.
Today a poster on popular social media site called Reddit.com posted a link to a French newspaper's website (the site is in French) where you can vote for your choice of sport to be included in the 2024 Paris games. The choices are baseball (which would include softball), Billiard, Boules (not sure what this is), Bowling, Escalade (not sure what this is either), esports, karate, roller, skateboard, ski nautique, squash, or surf.
And this is no French newspaper. This is L'Equipe, a nationwide daily newspaper dedicated to sports coverage. So while it's hard to put much stock in an internet poll, every little bit helps!