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Finch "devastated" by elimination of Olympic Softball/Baseball

Every four years, the Olympic Games give fans an opportunity to see the world's best compete for the highest honor in the world, a gold medal.  The Olympics also afford the opportunity for athletes outside of the four major sports to shine.

Viewers always look forward to Olympic hockey, basketball, and soccer as well as the individual sports like skiing, luge, gymnastics, and track and field.  But, since 2008, a pair of the most popular sports in the world have been removed from the list of Olympic sports: baseball and softball.

For kids growing up dreaming of playing at the highest level, boys can still hope to play baseball in the major leagues.  But now, without Olympic softball, there is very few options for girls to play their sport after college. 

Gold Medalist in 2004 and Silver Medalist in 2008, pitcher Jennie Finch was at Binghamton University on Monday and spoke about how devastated she was when she heard that her sport was being removed from the Olympics.

Baseball and Softball submitted a joint big to be reinstated for the 2020 games in Tokyo, but the International Olympic Committee decided to reinstate Wrestling instead.  The two sports can continue to apply for reinstatement for future games, but Finch hopes that host country, Japan, can use it's political influence to have the sports in the 2020 games based on the popularity of baseball and softball in the country.

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