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Natalie Ward at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and Rodney van Buizen at the Athens Olympic Games on Australia's road to the gold medal match.

TOKYO: Softball and baseball are the big winners from the 40 reforms announced by the International Olympic Committee in Monaco.

Harry Gordon (C) poses with AOC President John Coates (L) and Australian Olympian Herb Elliott (R) during the Launch of 'From Athens With Pride' by Harry Gordon at Museum of Contemporary Art on May 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

AOC: Australian athletes and administrators have played a pivotal role in the Olympic Movement for 120 years.

Squash, softball/baseball (combined) and wrestling are all vying for a spot on the 2020 Olympic program. Only one sport will triumph when the IOC members cast their votes at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September, 2013.

2020: Like all the elections at the 125th International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires this week, the race to be the new sport on the Olympic program at the 2020 Games is close, with IOC delegates having to choose between wrestling, squash or baseball/softball combined.

IOC Executive Board shortlists wrestling, squash, baseball/softball for the 2020 Olympic Games. A vote from the full IOC Members will be held in September to chose one sport to be added to the program for 2020.

2020: Wrestling, baseball/softball and squash will compete for one open spot at the 2020 Olympics.

Svetlana Radkevich of Belarus competes with Sophie Muir of Australia during the women's speed skating 500 m on day five of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Richmond Olympic Oval on February 16, 2010.

FUNDING: Australian national sporting organisations have today learnt their funding allocations from the Australian Government for 2013-14 with Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie AM announcing the breakdown in almost $120 million in government investment.

Svetlana Radkevich of Belarus competes with Sophie Muir of Australia during the women's speed skating 500 m on day five of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Richmond Olympic Oval on February 16, 2010.

FUNDING: Australian national sporting organisations have today learnt their funding allocations from the Australian Government for 2013-14 with Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie AM announcing the breakdown in almost $120 million in government investment.

Merged photo of Australia's silver-medal-winning men's baseball team from 2004 and the women's softball bronze medallists from Beijing 2008.

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Today, the International Softball Federation held their Special Congress to consider and vote on a resolution to combine with Baseball (the International Baseball Federation) for the 2020 Olympic Programme. Even with travel concerns with Hurricane Sandy, the ISF experienced a good turnout among their national softball federations.

Merged photo of Australia's silver-medal-winning men's baseball team from 2004 and the women's softball bronze medallists from Beijing 2008.

BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL: The International baseball and softball federations have signed an agreement for their joint bid to get back into the Olympics, and are proposing a shortened tournament they hope will attract major league baseball players.

Kelly Hardie pitches against Greece during the first day of the Softball World Championship in Beijing, China.

The Australian Women’s Softball team, Aussie Spirit, defeated the Netherlands in a five game series in May winning four of the five games played.

Stacey Porter celebrates scoring a home-run against the USA at the 2006 World Championships in Beijing.

The Australian Open Women’s team, Aussie Spirit, won the final game of the Sydney series of the China Australia Challenge at Blacktown Olympic Park on Saturday night.Twenty-two-year-old Jocelyn McCallum (Qld), pitched the win for Australia, facing 24 Chinese batters with five strike-outs.

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