When The Olympics head to Tokyo in 2020, a couple of sports will be seen on that stage for the first time since 2008, and those will be softball and baseball.
The two sports were combined as one sport in a package of five (karate, skateboarding, surfing and sports climbing the others) that were proposed and approved by the IOC on Wednesday. There is no guarantee that these sports will be included on the Olympic slate beyond 2020 though.
Arizona has a strong tie to the sport of softball, with head coach Mike Candrea serving as the Team USA head coach in both the 2004 Athens games and the 2008 Beijing games, and plenty of Arizona players playing for Team USA through the years. The best sporting event I went to in college was when the 2008 USA National team came to Tucson to scrimmage U of A in Hillenbrand Stadium.
So one would expect the Wildcat world to react strongly to the news of softball being back at the Olympic level.
Here are some of those reactions:
Got this text from Mike Candrea regarding softball being added to 2020 Olympics,"Outstanding day for USA Softball and every kid playing 1/2— Dave Cooney (@CooneyLand) August 3, 2016
"the game can once again have a dream of being an Olympian and represent the greatest country in the world! They got it right this time! 2/2— Dave Cooney (@CooneyLand) August 3, 2016
WE'RE IN!!!! Such a great day for our sport #Tokyo2020— Taryne Mowatt (@tarynemowatt) August 3, 2016
Yesterday feels ..... I can still remember sitting in our hotel being told that softball would no longer be in the Olympic Games. Our hearts were ripped out that day along with so many others around the country and the world. So excited for this new memory to trump that awful day. Mostly I am excited for the future softballers who get to experience these moments. Simply the best. USA across your chest and your sisters by your side! ❤️ So proud and READY to cheer on the women of 2020! #Tokyo2020
All you need to know about my day.... Happy! pic.twitter.com/ba4Ud6AGo2— Kristie Fox (@kfox29) August 3, 2016