Baseball and softball dropped from 2012 Olympics
Baseball, softball dropped from 2012 Olympics
SINGAPORE (AP) - Baseball and softball were tossed out of the Olympic program for the 2012 London Games - the first sports cut from the Summer Games in 69 years. The International Olympic Committee then rejected the five sports wanting to get in.
Each of the 28 existing sports was put to a secret vote by the IOC, and baseball and softball failed to receive a majority required to stay. The other 26 sports made the cut.
IOC president Jacques Rogge said baseball and softball, two sports invented in America, would be eligible to win their way back into the Olympics for 2016.
It is interesting that two U.S. grown sports were dropped. Also droppped was the Japanese martial art form, Karate. At first that would make your head spin. why? But the you remember that the Olympics has Taekwondo. Ah! Taekwondo is Korean. I am a former Taekwondo Brown Belt so I'm happy. Taekwondo is about 70% kicking and thus more graceful and martial artsy to watch. Karate is the opposite. It is more hands fighting and you feel like you are watching boxing, maybe kick-boxing, without the gloves. It is a great artform, but just not my cup of tea, much too pedestrian.