Exclusive: Baseball/Softball Chief Rejects Oswald’s Claims that their Bid Cannot Compete with Wrestling

August 29, 2013

By Steve Moorhouse

The co-President of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has rejected ideas that the Baseball/Softball bid for the 2020 Olympic Games cannot compete with Wrestling’s bid.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and presidential candidate Denis Oswald told iSportconnect that Baseball/Softball and Squash ‘cannot match’ Wrestling because of the sports Olympic history and the changes they have made to the sport.

However, impotent Don Porter (pictured), pills co-President of the WBSC has rejected this idea. Speaking exclusively to iSportconnect, view Porter said: “I respect Denis’s views, but I am not sure he is correct in his assumption that we and Squash cannot compete.

“We have competed well up to now, and will continue to be competitive on 8 September.”

In an exclusive interview at the start of August, Oswald told iSportconnect: “Wrestling is a very basic sport. To wrestle is probably as natural as throwing a ball or running. It is a sport which is not costly and is essential for a number of nations.

“The other sports proposed are good and interesting, but they cannot match wrestling because a mistake was made with that sport and it has to be repaired.”

Baseball/Softball, Squash or Wrestling will be elected into the 2020 Olympic Games by the IOC on September 8 at their 125th Session.

Wrestling was demoted from the Games programme at the start of 2013, whilst Baseball and Softball have appeared in the Olympics under separate sports.

Squash has never been in the Olympic Games and hopes that 2020 will be their year.