International star Jackie Chan, who took part in the torch relay and sang at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, has become a Playball 2020 Ambassador to help baseball and softball earn a place in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Chan said, "I have noticed that baseball and also softball have been growing globally and attracting boys and girls to come together to play (a sport)". The two sports teach children teamwork, discipline - about facing challenges and overcoming difficulties.
"Hence, I support baseball and softball's inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games and I sincerely wish baseball and softball receive favourable votes from the IOC members".
World Baseball Softball Confederation co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter, "It's a tremendous honour and truly exciting to have Jackie Chan as a supporter of baseball and softball. He is an international figure who personifies hard work, athleticism, determination and supreme talent, which are qualities needed to reach the Olympic Games".
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is voting September 8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the sports program for the 2020 Olympics. Baseball/ Softball are one of three finalists being considered by the IOC to be added to the 2020 Games.