Olympics Softball July 27, 2021; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Softball fans gather in the stands and in the outfield of USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium to watch the Olympic gold medal softball game between the United States and Japan on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Oklahoma City, Okla.Mandatory Credit: Chris Landsberger-USA TODAY NETWORK

Softball is back in the Olympics! The IOC announced that several sports will join the party for the upcoming 2028 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles, California. Among them was the sport of softball, which excited plenty around the world.

“Five sports were added to the 2028 Los Angeles Games by the IOC on Monday,” ESPN posted on Monday morning. The sports include cricket, flag football, baseball, lacrosse, squash, and softball (Which is six, but the Olympics have joined baseball and softball together. Go figure).

Softball made a much-anticipated return to the Olympic Games in 2021. Japan won the gold medal in the event, while the United States won the silver. It will not be featured in the looming 2024 Summer Games in Paris, France, however. But fear not, softball enthusiasts: The sport will soon be back in the fold.

The U.S. presents a fascinating opportunity for venues for softball too. Easton Stadium in Los Angeles on UCLA’s campus could potentially emerge as an option since the games will be hosted in Los Angeles.

Nevertheless, it’s an exciting time to be a softball fan. The sport has seen massive growth over the last few years and the last two Women’s College World Series have been great. Oklahoma may be dominating the sport on the collegiate level, but there’s plenty to be excited about all over.

Softball fans, enthusiasts, and otherwise were excited on Monday morning over the news.



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