Sports await 2020 Tokyo Olympics verdict

Sep 27, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT
An employee removes a Tokyo 2020 Olympic poster showing the copied logo design hung at the entrance of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office building during an event staged for the media on September 1, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.
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Eight sports will find out on Monday if they have been recommended for inclusion at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, reports the BBC.

Games hosts are being given a chance to bring in one or more sports popular in their country to boost ratings and attract greater sponsorship.

The shortlisted federations are: baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu.

A recommendation is due at about 10:15 BST, with a final decision next August. The Tokyo 2020 organisers' preferences will be considered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A longer list of 26 possible was reduced in June, when bridge, chess and snooker were among those to miss out.

Baseball and softball, united under the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), are considered favourites to return to the Olympics for the first time since Asia last hosted the Summer Games, in Beijing in 2008.