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Baseball backs merger with softball

Updated: December 13, 2012, 1:53 PM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Baseball Federation has formally approved a merger with softball's governing body in a joint bid to return to the Olympics.

IBAF says the creation of a single international federation received unanimous approval in a mail-in vote of its members.

The International Softball Federation approved the move in October.

IBAF president Riccardo Fraccari says "this is another critical step in the long-term prosperity and development of softball ...

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