WBSC hopeful for baseball and softball in the 2024 and 2028 Olympics

Thu 14 Sep 2017

With the formal announcement that Paris will host the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles will host the Games in 2028, the World Baseball Softball Confederation has congratulated these cities and reiterated its goal of securing the long-term future of baseball and softball on the Olympic programme.

Speaking from the IOC Session in Lima, Peru, where the host city announcements were made, WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said: "Paris and Los Angeles are two great world cities with exceptional Games plans, and they will provide unforgettable stages for sport. 

“As we look beyond our Tokyo comeback, these two hosts represent the best of both worlds for the WBSC: a city full of growth potential in Paris, and in LA a global capital of baseball and softball in our sports' largest market."

Some outside commentators agree that the double selection of Paris and Los Angeles increases the chances that baseball and softball can remain in the Games, because Los Angeles will want the sports on their programme and it could be difficult to remove them after Tokyo and then reinstate the sports eight years later.

Riccardo Fraccari said, “Our first step in the coming weeks and months will be communicating to the IOC and the Paris 2024 Organising Committee how our sports can contribute to a spectacular Games and to the development of sport in France.

“Olympic baseball and softball in Paris in 2024 would mark a significant milestone for the sports in France.  As well as being the 100th anniversary of the last Paris Games, 2024 is also the centenary of the French Baseball and Softball Federation.

"Youth participation and elite standards are rising rapidly across France, fuelled by major investments like the new Val d'Europe National Centre for baseball and softball. Olympic status will accelerate that exciting growth.  Paris 2024 would establish baseball and softball firmly in French sports culture."

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