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IOC Drops Baseball and Softball from London 2012!


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Just found this bulletin on the IOC Website:

New Olympic Programme in 2012

8 July 2005

The 117th IOC Session in Singapore voted today to include 26 of the 28 current Olympic sports on the programme of the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012. The Session decided that baseball and softball will remain on the list of Olympic sports as noted in the Olympic Charter, rule 46, but will not be on the programme for 2012. The two sports are, however, eligible for inclusion in the programme of the 2016 Games.

 

The IOC Executive Board will convene later today and decide whether any of the five candidate sports (Roller Sports, World Squash, Golf, Karate or Rugby) should be put forward to the Session, who will then vote on whether the sport(s) could be added to the list of Olympic sports and then potentially be included on the programme of the 2012 Games.

Wow.

:oh:

So there will be no Baseball or Softball in Regents Park.

Let's hope Rugby and Karate get included later today!!  :D

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:( Rugby Sevens didn't make it past the selectors (THIER PHENOMINAL LOSS IMO!), while Karate and Squash did, AND THEN were promptly dumped so to reduce the games down to 26 events.

Equestrian fans must be breathing a sigh of relief,, thanks to London being hosts and it's royal connections, but I'll bet it too will fall by 2016!  Apparently it is the most expensive sport at the games.

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As a fan of softball, I'm mildly upset, but not surprised. Being dominant in a sport is one thing. Being unscore upon is silly. Sadly , the world just couldn't or didn't want to catch up -- oh well. As for baseball -- whatever. I think if the best atheletes in the sport can't make it it kinda tarnishes the sport. Of course that is the case with Soccer/football is it not? Maybe someone with a bity mor knowledge could help me. Aren't World cup footballers ineligible for the Olympics?  If so does this tarnish the event in any way?

AJ

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I am happy the equine events are staying.  I think they are some of the most visually appealing events at the Olympic Games.

But why are they so expensive?  A field, a grand stand, some stables and cool course obsticals?  Must be the shipping of the horses.

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there is also a propensity for organiser to eliminate games that requires too much human judgement in deciding the winner.

from where i come from, the South East Asian games hosted by Brunei about 5-6 years ago, all these type of events were eliminated, eg karate, taekwondo, wushu.

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