POSTED: February 27th 2009

Softball rejects 2016 bid with baseball

Don Porter: happy to stay single / Image: ISF
Don Porter: happy to stay single / Image: ISF

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LONDON: Softball has wasted no time rejecting a proposed joint bid with baseball for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics.

The idea had been raised formally earlier this week by Harvey Schiller, president of the International Baseball Federation – and he then put it personally in Orlando to Don Porter, his counterpart at the International Softball Federation.

Both sports’ campaign trail leads to Copenhagen in October when the International Olympic Committee decide which one or possibly two sports will be admitted, or readmitted, to the 2016 Games. Baseball and softball, both dropped after Beijing, are competing with golf, karate, roller sports, rugby union and squash.

Schiller had suggested that baseball and softball might usefully combine their bid for reinstatement. Porter turned him down, maintaining softball’s stated intention of moving ever further out of a perceived baseball shadow.

“Having looked at all the factors involved,” said Porter, “the ISF has decided that softball will not combine with any other sport and stands by the current proposals to the International Olympic Committee submitted in our recent response to their questionnaire.

“The ISF proposal to the IOC is for an elite women's softball discipline with the option of an elite men's discipline if desired. We have offered the IOC a doping-free, universal team sport that reflects the values of Olympism all over the world.

“Softball is a global sport governed by a fully independent international federation - the ISF.  Softball is also a stand-alone sport with its own rules, values, and philosophy.

“To reinforce this and in accordance with ISF statutes, the ISF recently instructed any national softball federation that is combined with a national federation of any other sport(s), to become fully independent at the earliest opportunity.”

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