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Rio 2016 president backs baseball-softball bid

Baseball and softball’s joint bid to return to the Olympic fold has been given a boost following comments by the Rio 2016 Games president.

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, wrote in a letter to his country’s baseball and softball body: “You can count on my support to reinstate the sports [starting with] the 2020 Olympic Games programme”.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) co-presidents Don Porter and Riccardo Fraccari said about the backing: “We are proud and honoured to have the support of such a highly respected, knowledgeable and popular sporting leader like Carlos Nuzman in the campaign for Olympic inclusion.”

The merged sports are competing against seven other bids, including karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wrestling, before one or more is chosen by the International Olympic Committee in September to rejoin the Games.