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[9/9/2013] Baseball-Softball fails in its bid to return to the Olympics

by on Sep.09, 2013 @ 3:15 pm, under International

From Reuters:

Baseball and softball have vowed to make another pitch to be readmitted to the Olympics after striking out on Sunday.

... The odds were stacked against baseball and softball winning the vote. Wrestling was only kicked off the Olympic programme seven months ago, but immediately introduced a raft of reforms to win back its place.

... The IOC have never specified exactly why the sports were dropped, the most commonly cited reasons are baseball's refusal to comply with all the World Anti-Doping Agency rules and the absence of Major League Baseball players from the Olympics.

Source: Reuters 9/8/2013

From The Globe and Mail:

... Wrestling received 49 votes, compared with 24 for baseball/softball and 22 for squash in voting by delegates of the Olympic committee. The vote guaranteed that freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling would be contested at least through the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2024 Olympics, which have yet to be awarded.

... Softball apparently could not convince the IOC of its universal appeal. The United States, Japan and Australia won 11 of the 12 available medals in the four Games in which the sport was contested.

... But there is still a chance that both baseball/softball and squash could be voted into the 2020 games in Tokyo, where baseball is hugely popular and stadiums are in place.

Source: The Globe and Mail 9/8/2013

From NBC Sports:

... There have been reported scenarios that baseball-softball or squash could still get into the 2020 Olympics, by changing the Olympic Charter, the maximum number of sports (28) and cutting events within current Olympic sports to get under the maximum number of athletes (10,500).

... Baseball-softball’s highlight included a video that softball leader Don Porter pledged included full support of all professional leagues around the world. Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig appeared in the video but made no mention of MLB players committing to playing in the Olympics. That has been an issue the last few months.

... Baseball-softball played four videos in all, accompanied by music from the likes of Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera. WBSC co-president Porter welled up talking about the oft-reported story of the hundreds of letters on his desk, 511 he said, from girls who are aspiring softball players.

Source: NBC Sports 9/8/2013