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Jul 13, 2013 11:45 PM by Greg Smith

Softball chief plugs sport ahead of Olympic vote

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The president of the International Softball Federation says the re-introduction of the sport to the Olympics would add value to the games and provide opportunities for young women around the world to pursue their athletic dreams.

Don Porter attended the World Cup of Softball. The top official with softball's international governing body spoke with The Associated Press less than two months before the International Olympic Committee will consider a combined bid by softball and baseball to return to the games.

The combined baseball/softball bid is competing with bids from wrestling and squash to be included on the program for the 2020 Olympics. The IOC will vote on the bids during its meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept. 8.

Softball and baseball were on the Olympic program from 1996 until 2008.

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