While the International Olympic Committee was preparing to reveal the sports being added to the program for the Tokyo Games during the 129th IOC session in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016, a pro softball team in the United States was on a plane preparing for takeoff.

The players followed a livestream of the session as best they could while their plane prepared to depart. When the flight attendants weren’t looking, they surreptitiously sneaked peeks at their phones, which by then were supposed to have been put away. Eventually the news they were waiting for arrived — softball was back in the Olympics and on the program for Tokyo 2020.

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