$10m push to get softball back in medals
After 10 years in the Olympic wilderness, Softball Australia is ramping up preparations to catapult the national team back into medal contention for Tokyo 2020.
A $10 million injection of funds from the Australian Institute of Sport will allow the Aussie Spirit to have a semi-professional, threemonth stint in the USA this year.
The team will be based at Missouri Western University from May to July to compete in the National Pro Fastpitch League before heading to the world championships in August, which will likely serve as Olympic qualifiers.
“Since 2010 they were only getting maybe 20-30 games a year and half of those were here in Australia at the national championship where the standard has dropped over the last 20 years,” Softball Australia CEO Chet Gray said.
Australia won medals in the last four Games the sport was included. Softball was cut after Beijing in 2008.