ASA Statement Regarding IOC Decision
“We are disappointed the IOC elected not to reconsider their decision last July to eliminate softball from the 2012 Olympic Program.”
"Their decision was procedural in nature and should have been focused on the merits of our sport. Softball is played in 130 countries worldwide and nearly half of those countries compete to gain berths in to World Championship and Olympic competitions. Softball has continued to send its best athletes to the Olympics and women’s softball athletes have had zero positive drug tests since the sports inception.”
“It’s a sad day for everyone in our sport who has dedicated their lives to getting softball in the Olympic Games. It took over 30 years to get softball on the Olympic program the first time so we are going to do whatever is necessary to see that it is back on the program in 2016.”
“Softball has been recognized as an Olympic sport since 1991 and was included on the Olympic program in 1996. The sport is currently at an all-time high in world wide participation and television coverage. In an effort to continue the growth of softball, the Amateur Softball Association will be hosting the II World Cup of Softball, July 13-17 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The top teams in the world will be participating. Games from World Cup II will be televised not only domestically on ESPN but also internationally via a partnership with ESPN International.”
“The most recent decision by the IOC has placed an even greater importance on the World Cup. Softball fans across the globe can expect this event to take center stage in 2006 and beyond. We plan to work closely with our broadcast partners to ensure a worldwide audience and are confident something special will be planned in 2012”.
“The Amateur Softball Association has historically taken a leadership position in times of both joy and heartache. This recent IOC decision will make us fight even harder”
“It is important to remember that softball is still part of the Olympic Games in 2008 and has an opportunity to demonstrate to the IOC Members that it is deserving of a place in the Olympic Games in 2016.”
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 88 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.