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SEP 2016

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September 2016 12 GOVERNING Bodies W After sitting out the past two Olympic Games including this yearís Rio Summer Olympics, American standards baseball and softball will return for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Those two sports join karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and VXU¿QJIRULQFOXVLRQLQDVWKH2O\PSLFVDLPWRDWWUDFWD\RXQJHU audience. ìWe want to take sport to the youth,î IOC President Thomas Bach said. ìWith the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to JRWRWKHP7RN\R∑VEDODQFHGSURSRVDOIXO¿OOVDOORIWKHJRDOV of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendation that allowed it. Taken WRJHWKHUWKH¿YHVSRUWVDUHDQLQQRYDWLYHFRPELQDWLRQRIHVWDEOLVKHG and emerging, youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.î Baseball and softball last competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. When the decision to drop baseball and softball was made in 2005, several factors were working against each in the eyes of the IOC, including the lack of big names on baseball rosters and what the committee perceived as a limited geographical base for both sports. 6RIWEDOO¿UVWDSSHDUHGLQWKH2O\PSLFVLQZKLOHEDVHEDOOVSHQW GHFDGHVDVH[KLELWLRQEHIRUHEHFRPLQJDPHGDOVSRUWLQ Q '85+$01&≥86$%DVHEDOOUHQHZHGLWVPXOWL \HDUSDUWQHUVKLSZLWKWKH*UHDWHU5DOHLJK6SRUWV Alliance (GRSA) to serve as the presenting spon- sor of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI). 7KHSDUWQHUVKLSUHQHZDOKLJKOLJKWVWKHHFRQRPLF LPSDFW86$%DVHEDOOKDVKDGZLWKLQWKH*UHDWHU Raleigh area since its relocation to Cary, NC in 2003. 6LQFHWKHRULJLQDOSDUWQHUVKLSZDVFUHDWHGLQ USA Baseball has contributed major hotel room QLJKWVDQGYLVLWRUVSHQGLQJLQ:DNH&RXQW\EHKLQG the creation or relocation of six premier events to the USA Baseball National Training Complex. In the last three years, USA Baseball has contrib- uted over 21,000 hotel room nights directly related to programming at the National Training Complex. Its economic impact in the Greater Raleigh area con- WLQXHVWRJURZDVHYLGHQFHGE\DLQFUHDVHLQ URRPQLJKWIXO¿OOPHQWIURPWR Q GRSA & USA Baseball Renew Partnership Baseball, Softball Added To 2020 Olympics

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