IOC's Thomas Bach: Baseball, Softball Could Be Part Of '20 Games
IOC President Thomas Bach today said that baseball and softball "still have a chance of being included" in the '20 Tokyo Games. Bach said, "This will be under discussion. We will have the first broad discussion in December in a meeting of the executive board. ... I am open to more flexibility in the Olympic program." The sports were dropped for the '12 London Games program after an IOC vote in '05 (AP, 11/20).
Meanwhile, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said that "progress on the construction of the troubled course" for the '16 Rio Games is "'reasonably good' and he would travel to Brazil early next year to check." The golf course at Venue Reserva de Marapendi has been "plagued by delays over land rights." It was originally slated to be completed in '14, but course designer Gil Hanse "admitted in July that it would not be tournament-ready until 2015." Finchem: "We were really concerned for a period of time" (AP, 11/19).