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Sadaharu Oh backs baseball, softball

Updated: September 1, 2013, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh is going to bat for baseball and softball's bid to get back in the Olympics.

Baseball gained full medal status at the 1992 Barcelona Games and softball followed four years later in Atlanta. But both were dropped from the 2012 program in a 2005 vote by the IOC.

The two sports have merged into a single confederation as they compete against wrestling and squash for a single spot on the 2020 Olympic program.

The IOC will decide which ...

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