Olympic Softball at the Summer Olympics game was on the Olympic Sport from 1996 to 2008. Softball was removed from the Olympic for 2012 and 2016 but was added with the baseball for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Softball Tickets online.

In 1940s Japanese and Americans were making the first overtures to get softball included in the Olympic summer games events. This effort was run by the American softball association, Vice President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and President of the Japanese Softball Association.

Olympic Softball at Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020
Olympic Softball at Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020

Softball Association of America sent letters to national organizations asking for support to create a new International Olympic Federation to include softball on the Olympic events.

Australia has received a letter and replied by asking for additional information. Australian association administrator was extremely keen to support this and took fast steps to try work on this goal. 

This effort was mirrored by the Americans with the support of other countries such as New Zealand. Efforts to improve the chances of getting softball on the 1956 program included having New Zealand’s national softball body affiliating with the American one.

At the Olympics program, 8 teams competed being chosen to compete at the Olympics based on the following criteria one team was the host nation. Four teams were elected because they were the semifinalists at the most recent ISF Women’s World Championship.

Olympic Softball at Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020
Olympic Softball at Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020

The 3 remaining nations were selected based on regional qualification tournaments. The first round of competition was formatted as a round robin competition with the top 4 point earning teams advancing to the semifinals. 

During this stage, the semifinal team with the best record automatically advanced to the finals. The other semifinal winner plays the team that lost to the superior seminal winner. Winner of this game goes to the final.

At the inaugural appearance of the event on the Olympic program, the United States took gold and losing one game on the way there. They beat other medal favorites Australia and China. The United States repeated their victory at the 2000 Games when they beat Japan 3-1 in the gold medal game and again in 2004. Japan won the tournament in 2008.

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