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.
2020: Wrestling, baseball/softball and squash will compete for one open spot at the 2020 Olympics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia leads China after the completion of the first three game series of the China Australia Challenge which took place over the weekend in Brisbane.Blacktown Olympic Park will play host to some of the world’s best softballers on Friday and Saturday night as Australia tries to keep a hold of the series after winning
The Australian Women’s Softball Team, Aussie Spirit, will get a good indication of how their Beijing medal prospects are tracking when they play the first of the two-part series against China in Brisbane on Friday nght.Natalie Ward, Australia’s most capped female player, will lead the World number 3 ranked Australian side as they take on the number 4 ranked China
Aussie Spirit will blood new talent and keep a close watch on their opposition when the Softball team meets China in a six game women’s national test series this month.