Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Softball makes its most important pitch

Making a pitch to get back in after an odd series of events got softball kicked off the Olympic roster, representatives of the sport were in Switzerland this week appealing to the powers-that-be. (You can read about some of the happenings at on Twitters--yes, I finally joined--by following Jessica Mendoza.) And they have the support of the Prince of Jordan.
Prince Feisal has said he believes softball can help women's rights in the Middle East. He sees the game, which he played and enjoyed while living in the United States, as ideal because it is inclusive of all age groups, able to accommodate different dress codes, social, and not a contact sport.
The group advocating for softball really stressed the international appeal and possibilities of the sport, especially in developing areas, and for Muslim women.
Most believe the IOC will announce which two sports will be allowed into the 2016 Olympics in August in Berlin.

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