Efforts to bring back softball to the Olympics calendar of events gained grounds with the recent pledge of the International Softball Federation to strengthen the development of the sport worldwide, especially in Asia.
This was according to Amateur Softball Association-Philippines president Jean Henri Lhuiller, who said the sport which was won by Japan in Beijing Olympics Games at the expense of the US, has enjoyed significant success in Asia.
The worldwide popularity of softball, Lhuiller said, cannot be discounted.
Lhuiller, who is also involved in the country tennis development, bared that a new regional training center will soon be established at the Beijing Olympic softball venue.
“Softball is a sport that is simple to learn that’s why it is proving to be popular among the youth, especially from less developed area in the regions,” he said, citing effort of the ISF to reach out to the less privileged members of society.