POSTED: May 22nd 2013

Women worldwide called by Olympic softball icon to unite to showcase global girl power for 2020 Games

U.S. Olympic Champion Jennie Finch / WBSC
U.S. Olympic Champion Jennie Finch / WBSC

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC) Next week the IOC Executive Board in St. Petersburg, Russia will be narrowing down the list of sports for possible inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. Since time is limited, there has been a call on women, all over the world, to show their support for softball to be played at the Games, by Olympic softball legend and Gold Medalist, Jennie Finch.

The United States Olympic champion stated, “I’ve personally seen how softball has grown globally, and its impact on the lives of millions of young girls worldwide."

Finch expressed that recruting more girls to participate in sports would help to empower young women, and would have a positive impact on society, specifically in difficult financial times. “Played in at least 140 countries at some level, softball is an incredibly diverse team sport developed for girls and women. At a time when it is increasingly recognized that a successful global economy is dependent on education, empowering and including girls and women, it is crucial for the future of the many young women.”

She went on to say, “Softball at the Olympics would be good for girls everywhere and good for society.”

She praised the work done by the Olympic Movement in inspiring more young girls to take up sports. She went on to say that the IOC EB vote was especially important to the hopes and aspiration of the next generation of young girls, that will one day want to compete at the Olympic Games.

 Finch stated, “This vote [by the IOC EB] is incredibly important for girls everywhere. It is vital for young women who are inspired and empowered by softball that the sport be placed in the Olympics, and receives the full support of the IOC.”

She has shown her passion for the IOC EB to support softball’s Olympic inclusion. This was reaffirmed by the Olympic legend’s comments at the IOC’s Women in Sport Conference last year. She urged the IOC to give young girls the chance to experience the magic of participating at the Olympic Games, and that they need to include softball at the Games. 

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was created by the merging of the International Softball Federation and the International Baseball Federation, now a single entity pitching the IOC on the value of baseball and softball in the Olympic Games. 

The WBSC Co-President, Don Porter said, “The historic merger with baseball, a process that took over the two years to carefully work out, puts the athletes, universality, inclusiveness and gender equity at the forefront of our bid, and with the support of role models like Jennie, we are optimistic that it is the right time for baseball and softball to be re-introduced to the Olympic Games.”

Porter accentuated, “Baseball and softball are easily introduced and practiced by youth anywhere. It is the WBSC’s vision to work with the IOC to give every boy and girl an opportunity to take part in sport and put baseball and softball at the service of the Olympic Movement to provide youth a gateway to excellence, fitness, overcoming challenges and being empowered"

Keywords · 2020 Olympic Games · IOC · Jennie Finch · softball · Olympics · WBSC

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