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IOC: Flexible rules could allow baseball's return

IOC: More flexible approach to Olympic program could allow return of baseball, softball

IOC: Flexible rules could allow baseball's return

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says the adoption of a more flexible approach to the Olympic program could allow for the return of baseball and other sports.

Asked Saturday at the Asian Games, Bach declined to express an opinion on baseball's suitability for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The sport is hugely popular in Japan, as well as in Taiwan and South Korea.

However, Bach said that an IOC vote in December on procedures for the inclusion of sports could open the way for further talks on the subject.

Bach advocates changing rules to increase the variety and appeal of the Olympics by making it easier to include and exclude sports. Baseball and softball were dropped from the Olympics program in 2005 and last appeared at the 2008 games.

Updated : 2021-10-20 22:31 GMT+08:00