When baseball-crazed Tokyo beat out Madrid and Istanbul for the (burdensome) right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, it was assumed that the decision improved the chances for baseball to a part of those games. Alas, that didn't happen. As USA Today reports, the results of the International Olympic Committee vote are in, and wrestling has beaten out baseball, softball and squash for a spot in the 2020 Games.
Baseball became an medal sport in 1992, but it was voted out of the Summer Games prior to the 2012 Olympiad in London. Of the five times medals were awarded baseball, Cuba took the gold three times, and the U.S. and South Korea each won once (2000 and 2008, respectively).
Paul Seiler, president and CEO of USA Baseball, released the following statement:
"While we are obviously disappointed with the decision of the International Olympic Committee to not move forward with baseball and softball for inclusion on the Olympic program in 2020, we continue to believe the combined efforts of baseball and softball provide a great platform for international competition and we look forward to continuing our joint efforts of growing baseball and softball worldwide."USA Baseball will continue to promote baseball and softball both internationally and domestically through our various initiatives, and we look forward to the opportunity to return to the Olympic program in the future."In the meantime, we want to thank our partners and fans for their support of our joint efforts."