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WBSC and WADA stand behind recent Major League Baseball doping suspensions

(SFC) New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez was among 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball Monday after a thorough investigation into the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic and its link to performance-enhancing substances.

Rodriguez was suspended by the League through the end of the 2014 season, while the other 12 athletes – including all-stars Everth Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta - have accepted 50-game suspensions.

Rodriguez intends to take the suspension to arbitration, postponing his 211-game suspension.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) released a statement Monday lauding Major League Baseball’s punishments.

“Major League Baseball’s leadership and aggressive action against performance enhancing drugs is to be applauded,” the statement read. “WADA’s recent statements commended MLB and calling them a ‘valuable partner to WADA in the fight against doping in sport’ is a testament to that. Very few professional sport leagues in the world have taken such a serious approach to doping. Moreover, MLB has worked in partnership with us to adopt anti-doping policies and practices for the World Baseball Classic that are in full compliance with the WADA Code, including blood testing, which shows the seriousness and strength of their overall commitment.

“We believe these actions, which are in line with the Olympic Movement’s united fight against doping in sport, will only serve to strengthen the case for baseball and softball’s inclusion on the Olympic program.”

WADA as well issued their own remarks.

“WADA commends the actions taken by the MLB in suspending 13 players associated with the performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) scandal concerning the Biogenesis Clinic in Miami,” WADA Director General David Howman said Monday.

“As we have said previously, non-analytical methods are proving to be an increasingly effective means of helping uncover those athletes who have committed foul play and breached anti-doping rules.

“The MLB has approached the matter in a professional manner throughout, and we look forward to maintaining our close relationship as we move forward in our efforts to protect clean athletes and advocate doping-free sport.”

Baseball and softball have combined for a joint bid to be reinstated in the Olympic Programme for the 2020 Olympic Games. The sports are on the International Olympic Committee’s shortlist and will find out if they are to be on the Programme at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this September.

http://www.sportsfeatures.com/olympicsnews/story/50534/wbsc-and-wada-stand-behind-recent-major-league-baseball-doping-suspensions

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W B S C / Jackie Chan joins team to put baseball-softball in 2020 Olympics

LOS ANGELES, CA (USA) - Multi-talented international star Jackie Chan has been added to the line-up of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Playball2020 team that is currently campaigning to get their sports in the 2020 Olympic Games.


Chan, who took part in the torch relay and sang at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, adds the role of Playball2020 Ambassador to his résumé in an effort to help baseball and softball earn a place in the Olympics.

“I have noticed that baseball and also softball have been growing globally and attracting boys and girls to come together to play [a sport],” Chan said.

“The two sports teach children teamwork, discipline — about facing challenges and overcoming difficulties.
“Hence, I support baseball and softball’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games and I sincerely wish baseball and softball receive the favourable votes from the IOC members,” Chan expressed.



World Baseball Softball Confederation co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter commented: “It’s a tremendous honour and truly exciting to have Jackie Chan as a supporter of baseball and softball. He is an international figure who personifies hard-work, athleticism, determination and supreme talent, which are qualities needed to reach the Olympic Games.”
Philip Li, Chairman of HKBA, said, “Mr. Chan’s generosity with his time, his commitment to sport and fitness, and his enormous international appeal will help inspire countless supporters be more active in sport and join WBSC’s efforts to find a place for baseball and softball players on the world’s biggest sporting stage, the Olympic Games.”
Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will vote on September 8th in Buenos Aires on the sports programme of the 2020 Olympic Games, and together, baseball and softball are one of three finalists being considered by the IOC to be added to the 2020 Olympic Games.

WBSC

http://keirradnedge.com/2013/08/13/w-b-s-c-jackie-chan-joins-team-to-put-baseball-softball-in-2020-olympics/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=w-b-s-c-jackie-chan-joins-team-to-put-baseball-softball-in-2020-olympics

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Boy, they are desperate, aren't they?

If you can't get the MLB on your side I guess a washed out movie star is the next best thing...

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They make some valid points, but the pull of wrestling is too much imo

http://playball2020.com/media/42873/Playball_Brochure_Web.pdf

Baseball would have a good case if MLB players where available. They aren't and as long as they don't Olympic Baseball is DOA.

Also, the "gender equality" line is pure BS. Playing two different sports (with vastly different roster sizes), one for men and one for women, is not equality.

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Fidel Castro's son challenges Olympic Committee for the return of baseball-softball

BUENOS AIRES — It's among the few things that many Cubans and Americans can agree on: Baseball should return to the Olympics.

Antonio Castro, son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, is in Argentina to argue before the International Olympic Committee that baseball — now in partnership with softball — should be returned to the Olympic games in 2020.

Castro, whose father stepped aside as Cuba's leader when he fell ill in 2006, is representing the World Baseball Softball Confederation, which was formed earlier this year after the IOC said the two had to merge as one Olympic sport to be considered for a return to the Summer Games after being removed in 2008.

IOC members meeting in Buenos Aires are to decide Sunday if baseball-softball will be included in the Olympic program in 2020. Squash and wrestling are also being considered, but only one will get through.

"The task is to converse and try to convince the IOC members," Castro said during a break in confederation meetings being held before the IOC gathering. "The message to the whole world is that our sport forms part of the Olympic program."

"A sport like ours, which is practiced by more than 65 million people in the world, more than 4 million children, with more than 140 federations, more than 140 countries transmitting it on television, can add much value to the Olympic program," Castro said, a baseball mitt on his hand.

He declined to talk about his country's politics. But he smiled when asked about the former longtime leader of the Caribbean country. "My father is very well," the younger Castro said.

AP

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This may be two years old, but why are you glad baseball didn't get back? The premier league(s) of baseball (depending on how you want to look at it) is one of the biggest leagues in the world in terms of club sports. I'm of course talking about MLB. Baseball got the heave-ho, meanwhile Golf gets added.....silly IOC.

Baseball no matter how you look at it is easily more global than *cough* Handball....even for the Pan American Games, the biggest sports country in the world south of me did not even have a team there. Why is Handball thus a sport when it is mostly european nations who play it. Baseball is easily more global, in North America, and East Asia, especially in Japan of course, baseball is very popular, but yet handball is not even considered for the chopping block?

Table Tennis....really, what next IOC, you want to add Table Soccer (what we like to call foosball)? Or perhaps Air Hockey? The only question about the latter, is which games will you put it in, the summer or the winter?

IOC wants to add one more for 2020, and other than squash, of course I would love to see baseball return.

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This may be two years old, but why are you glad baseball didn't get back? The premier league(s) of baseball (depending on how you want to look at it) is one of the biggest leagues in the world in terms of club sports. I'm of course talking about MLB. Baseball got the heave-ho, meanwhile Golf gets added.....silly IOC.

Baseball no matter how you look at it is easily more global than *cough* Handball....even for the Pan American Games, the biggest sports country in the world south of me did not even have a team there. Why is Handball thus a sport when it is mostly european nations who play it. Baseball is easily more global, in North America, and East Asia, especially in Japan of course, baseball is very popular, but yet handball is not even considered for the chopping block?

They didn't have a team because they suck at it and couldn't qualify.

Handball is overall more popular than Baseball I would say (in all of Europe, all middle east and South America -except Venezuela- handball is far more popular than Baseball). The only advantage Baseball has is that the most powerful country of the world has it as one of their most traditional sports and therefore, due to cultural imperialism, movies, american sport networks and whatnot, it is 'known' by more people (even though probably most of those people around the world don't fully understand the rules).

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Baseball no matter how you look at it is easily more global than *cough* Handball....even for the Pan American Games, the biggest sports country in the world south of me did not even have a team there. Why is Handball thus a sport when it is mostly european nations who play it. Baseball is easily more global, in North America, and East Asia, especially in Japan of course, baseball is very popular, but yet handball is not even considered for the chopping block?

If MLB was willing to give up its best players to play in the Olympics, then the sport would have a case. But if the best players in the world wouldn't be participating and the teams would be made up of mostly minor leaguers and guys who aren't good enough to play here, then it's not really a good showcase to have in the Olympics. And the nature of the sport, among other things, means there's no good solution to that dilemma.

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This may be two years old, but why are you glad baseball didn't get back? The premier league(s) of baseball (depending on how you want to look at it) is one of the biggest leagues in the world in terms of club sports. I'm of course talking about MLB. Baseball got the heave-ho, meanwhile Golf gets added.....silly IOC.

The reasons golf is easier to add are that . . .

1) Any Olympic-capable city in the world has a decent golf course while only North American, Caribbean, South Korean and Japanese cities have baseball stadiums. Asking London or Rio to build a baseball stadium is silly.

2) It's easier to find one Olympic-level golfer from the host country than it is to find 25 baseball players. The stronger countries may complain about losing a qualifying spot to weaker players, but there should be one competent golfer from each host. The best Brazilian golfer may only be the 700th best in the world, but he is at least a professional golfer. Good luck finding a full team of English or Brazilian professional baseball players.

3) Because it is a league-driven sport, the top 750 or so baseball players would not participate at all. Meanwhile the top golfers will participate in the Olympics.

4) There would be fewer players to house and feed. A golf tournament would involve 60 athletes while baseball would require at least 200.

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1) Any Olympic-capable city in the world has a decent golf course while only North American, Caribbean, South Korean and Japanese cities have baseball stadiums. Asking London or Rio to build a baseball stadium is silly.

You mean other than Rio? Who somewhat controversially built a brand new golf course. Adding to the irony that they are the Olympics to re-introduce golf, not the Olympics before, the area of the world where the sport was invented.

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You mean other than Rio? Who somewhat controversially built a brand new golf course.

They chose to do that. They could have used an existing course. If baseball were back in the Olympics they would be forced to build a useless stadium.

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They chose to do that. They could have used an existing course. If baseball were back in the Olympics they would be forced to build a useless stadium.

Not that I'm making a judgement one way or the other. but worth pointing out London proposed temporary stadiums in Regents Park, so for non-baseball nations you'd class it alongside sports like Beach Volleyball, equestrian, archery which did the same....

Regents-Park-London-2012-Olympics-Venue_

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Is Baseball-Softball proposing to add both men's and women's baseball and men's and women's softball, as in the Pan Am Games? Or just men's baseball and women's softball, consistent with the past Olympic program?

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Is Baseball-Softball proposing to add both men's and women's baseball and men's and women's softball, as in the Pan Am Games? Or just men's baseball and women's softball, consistent with the past Olympic program?

I would assume it's the later. If it's questionable whether or not men's baseball and women's softball belong in the Olympics, there's no debate needed whether women's baseball and men's softball belong in the Olympics. They do not.

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Baseball, surfing among five sports recommended for Tokyo 2020

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Five sports, including baseball, skateboarding and surfing, are on track to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the IOC on Wednesday recommended their inclusion to attract a younger audience, said a source close to the discussions.

The International Olympic Committee now needs to rubber stamp the inclusion of skateboarding, surfing, sports climbing, karate plus the joint baseball/softball bid at its session in Rio de Janeiro in August.

http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2016/06/01/baseball-surfing-among-five-sports-recommended-for-tokyo-2020/

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Manfred says dates of Tokyo Olympics 'not ideal' for MLB

SAN DIEGO (AP) - As Major League Baseball prepares for talks about the 2020 Olympics, Commissioner Rob Manfred said "from a calendar prospective, the dates of the Tokyo Games are not ideal."

The International Olympic Committee executive board voted last month to support a six-nation tournament that year in both baseball and women's softball, and the full IOC is to vote in August on the inclusion of the World Baseball Softball Confederation for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled from July 24-Aug. 9.

Baseball became a medal sport for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics but was dropped for the 2012 London Games and won't be played next month in Rio de Janeiro. MLB is reluctant to stop its season for the Olympics, and players are reticent to play anywhere other than the big league stadiums they are accustomed to.

"We're going to have some meetings with the international baseball and softball federation to fully understand what the program is going to be in Tokyo in terms of how long, how many, before we have any final decision on that issue," Manfred told the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. "We like the idea of baseball being in the Olympics. We're supportive of baseball being in the Olympics."

The IOC wants the top players to appear in the Olympics, and the Japanese Central and Pacific Leagues appear open to interrupting their seasons for the Tokyo Games. The NBA has sent its players since 1992 and the NHL since 1998 - although the NHL has not yet committed for the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In 2008, only those not on 25-man big league rosters as of late June were allowed to compete in the Beijing Games. The U.S. team included Jake Arrieta and Stephen Strasburg - both All-Stars this year.

Cuba won gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2004, the U.S. in 2000 and South Korea in 2008.

"Is there an appreciation for the value of having baseball in the Olympics? Yes, there is," union head Tony Clark said Monday. "Is there an appreciation for the season and how or if it could work with our active players? Yeah, there's a conversation, but we run into the same roadblocks we always have."

AP

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_307134/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=ul8wo0pV

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Absolutely ridiculous this got back in.  Nobody missed it and from a cost point of view it's about the most expensive thing they can add - needs it's own venue (which isn't a standard sports stadia) and being a team sport it's adding hundreds of athletes to the programme.

Pretty much all the additions this time around are a joke - skateboarders don't want skateboarding in, climbing surely isn't of the standard to even be considered for Olympic inclusion while squash still sits on the sidelines for reasons nobody really understands.

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