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Softball, baseball swing for 2012


If baseball and women's softball are to be a part of the Summer Olympics in 2012, they'll have to rally at these Winter Games.

Seven months after they were voted off the Olympic program, the sports could get a second chance from the International Olympic Committee when members consider possible reinstatement during their annual session next week on the eve of the Turin Olympics.

"I'm optimistic," International Softball Federation president Don Porter told the Associated Press. "Everyone I've talked to is very supportive at least to come back and give us an opportunity for another shot at it. That's all we're asking for."

The IOC executive board begins two days of meetings today. Any reconsideration of the future of baseball and softball will come at the three-day IOC general assembly starting Wednesday.

The meeting is essentially the last chance for the sports to make it back in time for the London Games in 2012. They remain on the program for the 2008 Beijing Games.

Rogge -- IOC president Jacques Rogge expects the Turin Games will live up to Italy's reputation for professionalism with a "touch of flair." He also believes the city will be ready. "We see green lights everywhere," Rogge said yesterday after arriving in Turin.

2010 Winter Games -- The cost of building venues for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, has risen by 23 percent, boosting the price of the Games to $508 million. Vancouver Organizing Committee CEO John Furlong blamed the $96 million increase on ballooning construction costs in the city's heated building industry.

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