Restore baseball as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020
Ousted from the London 2012 Games by the International Olympic Committee, baseball and softball might get a reprieve, thanks to a proposal from Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers. They'd also like to see skateboarding and surfing — but not bowling. Baseball and softball were on a list of five sports released by the Tokyo Organizing Committee on Monday, under a new Olympics process that allows hosting countries to propose sports that reflect their own culture. Sports climbing also made the cut, as did karate — a move in which the organizers chose a Japanese martial art over a Chinese one, wushu, that had been on the Tokyo committee's short list this summer. Bowling and squash were also on the short list but were omitted from Monday's proposal.