Baseball to return for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Updated: August 4, 2016

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The International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that it had unanimously approved  baseball and five other sports as part of its program for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Also included in 2020 will be surfing, karate, skateboarding and sport climbing.

Baseball were Olympic sports up until 2008, but were eliminated following the Beijing games. They were absent in 2012, and after a 2013 reinstatement bid was denied, remain absent in 2016.

Baseball had been played in the Olympics since 1992. The U.S. won one baseball gold medal, in 2000. Cuba won three, and Japan won one.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation tweeted out that baseball and softball will be played at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. According to CNBC Now, the IOC also approved skateboarding, surfing, sports climbing and karate.

Bringing baseball back for the 2020 Olympics made sense because it is among the most popular sports in Japan.

It’s time to celebrate once again and watch the great sport of baseball being played for a gold medial.

Alex Alarcon is the Founder and Senior Writer at Halo Headquarters.  Follow him on Twitter @AlexAlarcon49, and “Like” him on Facebook.

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