Friday, July 08, 2005

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.


Blogger Ambrose said...

It was interesting to hear some of the comments about why baseball was being dropped with the countries that have the best player development programs (like the US, Japan, Dominican Republic, etc) basically competing without their best players. Kinda tarnishes all those medals Cuba has won recently, unfortunately.

1:27 AM  
Blogger English Blogger (Davie B) said...

I'm not a sports fan, and I don't really want the Olymics here in the UK, why you may ask, well its going to cost us around 9 Billion Pounds (15 Billion Dollars) to stage. I would rather that money was spent in the 3rd world to help a few million people live.

Who knows why they drop sports and chose another one? Maybe its all about who know who and who knows how to do that special massonic hand shake?

2:10 PM  
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