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SOFTBALL DESIRES

The International Softball Committee held an hour-long news conference today at the Main Press Center as part of its campaign to get the sport back into the Olympics in 2016.

The campaign is in response to the International Olympic Committee eliminating softball from the Games beginning in 2012, in large part because it was too American for its taste.

Or, specifically, the U.S. dominates.

Say this for softball: Those who run it are doing everything in their power to get the sport back. Baseball is also being eliminated after Beijing, but you would barely know it compared to the push softball is making here. Makes sense. The only thing those on the U.S. baseball team are thinking about is how fast they can get to the level of five-star hotels and earning more per diem in a month than you make in salary a year.

"We are working on this day and night, 24-7, every opportunity we get to meet with the IOC members," ISF president Don Porter said. "Anyone we can convince that supporting softball for 2016 is what needs to be done to bring back a really good sport."

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