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IOC unfair to dump baseball, softball

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Baseball was added to the Olympics in 1992 and softball in 1996 because of their increase in popularity.

And it's a fact that many people continue to enjoy watching baseball and softball on their TV screen and in the stands.

Well, this year in London, baseball and softball have been struck from the 2012 Summer Olympics because Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president, claimed that America has won the gold too many times in a row.

According to records last year, America won 51 of 52 games in softball.

Some people also said that these popular sports could have been removed because of a lack of fan support.

It's not a legitimate reason to remove sports that many people throughout the world enjoy -- not to mention that the decision by the International Olympic Committee to remove baseball and softball was reached in a secret deal first made in Singapore.

So, in 2008, baseball and softball had their last games in the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee had no right to remove baseball and softball from the 2012 Olympics, because in 2008, South Korea won the gold medal in the baseball category and Cuba got silver.

One of their reasons for removing baseball was that America had won too many times in a row. That is completely false because we only got bronze in 2008 and other teams got silver and gold, not to mention that other teams had won multiple times in a row in various other sports and these sports were not eliminated from other Olympics.

There must be some other reason for the dismissal of baseball and softball in the Olympics.

Many people feel as though the IOC is making a huge mistake.

Tommy Lasorda, the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager, has said that not including baseball and softball in this year's Olympics is devastating to all of the boys and girls who play baseball and softball.

Plus, baseball is played in a majority of the countries participating in the Olympics now.

So why eliminate baseball and softball from the Olympics for just one year? There really is no point because we might be able to reapply for 2016's Olympics anyway.

Maybe they think that eliminating the two sports this year will give the other teams a chance to catch up without having to worry about competing with us this year.

Even though the sports of baseball and softball might be able to reapply for 2016's Olympics, it still is not fair we cannot participate in this year's Olympics.

The IOC's plan is to replace softball and baseball with different sports, such as squash, karate or a roller sport. Karate and squash were their final two choices.

Instead of substituting these new sports, why not just add them to the original roster, keeping baseball and softball?

That is an answer only the Olympic committee knows. Maybe someday I'll be able to go to the Olympic games and watch them play right there in person!

Memo: One of their reasons for removing baseball was America had won too many times in a row. That is completely false because we only got bronze in 2008 and other teams got silver and gold, not to mention that other teams had won multiple times in a row in various other sports and these sports were not eliminated from other Olympics.

 

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