Baseball, softball weigh merger for Olympic bid

By GRAHAM DUNBAR | November 15, 2011 | 1:20 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Baseball and softball could merge into one international governing body in hopes of returning to the Olympics.

International Softball Federation President Don Porter tells The Associated Press the sports must weigh "the benefits of being an Olympic sport ... against losing your identity."

Porter and International Baseball Federation President Riccardo Fraccari are meeting with IOC officials this week about the bid process.

Fraccari says they have to "study many things," and baseball-playing countries meeting Dec. 3 in Dallas must first back a joint bid.

Baseball and softball are trying to join the 2020 Games along with karate, roller sports, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard and wushu.