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Exclusive: Karate favourite for inclusion in 2020 Olympics
By Duncan Mackay
June 15 - Karate is the odds-on favourite to be included on the Olympic programme for 2020, according to the British bookmakers William Hill.
They are 1/2 to win the nomination ahead of squash at evens, baseball and softball at 5/4, wushu at 5/2, roller sports 8/1, sports climbing 10/1 and wakeboard 10/1.
"We think that it could be time for karate to come into the equation," William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told insidethegames.
"Long ignored on an Olympic level, Hills make it 1/2 to feature in 2020 for the first time.
"Another sport that has never featured at a Games is squash and Hills make it even money to get an airing.
2020 Olympics inclusion odd according to London bookies
Baseball/Softball - 8/10
Karate - 5/10
Squash - 5/10
Wushu - 4/10
Roller Sports - 1.25/10
sports climbing 1/10
There is only one slot available, so it's either Baseball/Softball or Karate. Baseball is assured a return if the MLB office guarantees the availability of the major leaguers for the Olympics, but the MLB office is not making that guarantee.