Fund is part of reinstatement effort

Updated: April 16, 2009, 12:14 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Softball took its campaign for Olympic reinstatement to Africa, pledging $100,000 to help develop the sport among youth on the continent.

International Softball Federation president Don Porter announced the development fund Thursday at a softball forum in Banjul, Gambia.

Porter says the popularity of softball is growing in Africa at a tremendous rate. The sport will be on the program of the All-Africa Games in 2011.

Softball, which debuted at the 1996 Atlanta Games, ...

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