Today, thousands of hopefuls will find out whether their sport will be added to the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. Last month, the International Olympic Committee recommended the addition of skateboarding, surfing, karate, sports climbing and baseball. It is likely that all five sports will be confirmed today in Rio de Janeiro and will add to the 28 sports that are guaranteed to be present in Japan already.
Some sports have been in the Olympics before, with baseball and softball being separate competitions for four consecutive games between 1992 and 2008, however this time they are entering as a single ballot.
Should baseball and softball be selected as a new competition? The game will fall right in the middle of the domestic season in the US, which has provoked mixed reaction from the MLB community, as the MLB will have to juggle around their 162 game season, which is already packed into 183 days.
Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, has a mixed view on the inclusion. Speaking to the associated press, Braynt said: “I wore ‘USA’ across my chest one time in college, and it was an awesome experience. It’d be fun to do that again. But the baseball season is so long the way it is….to add another two weeks? I don’t know if it would be the best decision for ourselves and our bodies”
Whilst the other sports will accept their inclusion with open arms, baseball, certainly American baseball, will have a big decision to make on their participation in 2020.
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