ISF Hopes for Olympic Reinstatement

Vote on Softball's Fate is Less Than One Year Away

The decision by the International Olympic Committee to remove softball from the 2012 Games was a huge blow to the international softball community. In response, the International Softball Federation drafted a ten-point plan of attack last spring known as the BackSoftball Campaign. This ambitious undertaking aims to increase the number of worldwide softball participants—especially young women—from its current impressive level of 8.4 million to 10.5 million, and the number of participating countries from 128 to 160. 
Now there’s less than one year to go. The IOC meets in Copenhagen on October 1st, 2009 to vote on which sports will be included in the XXXI Olympiad in 2016. Read more.

So what can you do? There's still time to sign Jamie Gray’s petition to save Olympic softball (watch the video).


America's Michele Smith is Super!

Olympic Champ Has Dominated Japan's Pro League

The media spotlight will be firmly focused on the Super Bowl this weekend, as sports fans from around the globe pay tribute to their American football heroes. However, the world's most successful pro athlete is actually a softball pitcher. Michele Smith—a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Team USA—has led Japan’s Toyota Shokki professional fastpitch team to an incredible 8 championships in 13 years. Read more & watch video.


Barack Obama: Will He or Won't He?

President Could Hold Key to Softball's Olympic Return

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Experts agree: President Barack Obama’s presence at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Copenhagen this October could mean the difference in the Games coming to his hometown Chicago in 2016. 
The Windy City also happens to be the base of operations for Jennie Finch and the World Champion Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league. So what better site for softball’s return to Olympic competition? Certainly the President, a known advocate of Title IX and the father of two young daughters, would be pleased about that. 
But as of now, it’s not certain he will make the trip. Read more.


Chicago's Olympic Dream Is In Trouble

Ranked 4th on Current Bid List for 2016 Games

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Chicago’s dream of becoming the host city for the 2016 Games, and possibly ushering the sport of softball back into Olympic competition, may be in jeopardy. The Windy City ranks last on the current BidIndex—a measure of each candidate’s chance to host the Games—behind Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid, in that order. 
The BidIndex encompasses an intense evaluation of each candidate’s bid book—detailed 600-page “blue prints” describing how each city would organize the Games—in addition to multiple other factors. The latest update released four days ago was the first since the original submission of the bid books to the International Olympic Committee. 
Yesterday Chicago Mayor Richard Daley met with delegates of the IOC in Denver, Colorado, prior to a 20-minute formal presentation to the group today. The presentation included a video tracing Chicago's Olympic bid back to the foundation of the city.

Next week the IOC evaluators arrive in Chicago to see the city for themselves. Read more.


Will Team USA's Dominance Hurt Olympic Bid?

World Cup of Softball Sends Message to IOC

By TSC Contributor BOBBY SAVICH 
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA  There are those who believe that softball should not be reinstated for the 2016 Summer Olmypics because of the dominance over the years from Team USA. However, just because one team is dominating in one sport should not determine whether or not that sport is removed from Olympic competition. 
Unfortunately, because of the dominance by the Americans, it could be very difficult to convince the IOC members that softball should be reinstated for 2016. 
But the US is strong in other sports as well. Are you going to remove those sports from Olympic competition?  For example, Men's Basketball is another sport where, while the rest of the world has begun to catch up, Team USA is still far superior. In 1992 the Original Dream Team won their games by over 40 points per contest, but it still remained an Olympic sport. Are you going to remove Michael Phelps from the pool for being such a dominant swimmer? It is just the way the world works—there is always going to be someone better than you at something. 
Team USA has shown its dominance in just the last few weeks, going unbeaten and winning the Canada Cup, then taking a 5-0 record into Monday night's championship for the World Cup of Softball while outscoring opponents 47-3.

Such results could unfortunately sway the IOC into saying "no" to reinstating the sport of softball for the 2016 Olympics.

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