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The Amateur Softball Association is continuing its efforts to get the sport reinstated for the 2016 Olympics.

The organization is sending two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza and two-time Olympic head coach Mike Candrea will lead softball clinics in London -- site of the 2012 Games -- and Italy in the coming weeks to help spread education and development of the sport.

"I am thrilled to be a part of these clinics in Europe," said Mendoza. "Spreading the sport of softball is one of my personal goals now that the Olympics are over and I think this is a great start. London and Italy have been so responsive and we are excited to get over there, meet the athletes and continue their development of the sport of softball."

Softball and baseball have been dropped from the program for the 2012 Games but softball has been making a concerted effort to be reinstated for 2016.

"The key to softball's reinstatement to the Olympic program lies in Europe, and in making as many European IOC members as possible aware of softball and aware of all the reasons why it deserves to be in the Games," said Softball UK Executive Director Bob Fromer.

"The fact that such high-profile figures as Mike and Jessica are coming to the UK and to Italy to run these clinics should attract attention to the sport and to the reinstatement campaign. With just over a year to go until the IOC meets in Copenhagen, the more events that can draw attention to softball in Europe and show the sport in a favorable light, the better the chances that the vote will be different than in 2005."

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 12, 2008; 11:09 AM ET
Categories:  Softball  
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