In Softball, a Comeback 13 Years in the Making

Softball was dropped from the Olympic program after the 2008 Beijing Games. Now the sport, and 10 veterans of that tournament, are back.

By James Wagner

TOKYO — During the 2008 Olympics, Kaleigh Rafter was 21 and representing Canada even though she had not yet finished her college softball career. Still, she thought she probably wouldn’t have a chance to play in the Olympics much longer, because her sport had been voted out from the permanent program.

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