Archive for February, 2006

Cuban Experts Talk Olympic Baseball

February 14th, 2006

Cuba, the powerhouse of international baseball, criticized the IOC about handle baseball and softball in London 2012 Olympics Games. They thought IOC President Jacques Rogge using mere formalities to deny baseball in Olympics.

Anyhow, baseball has another chance to in Olympics 2016 in the IOC meeting in Copenhagen in 2009.

Cuban analysts at a television roundtable criticized the latest International Olympic Committee´s opposition to the possible return of baseball and softball to the Olympic program.

Cuban Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation press chief Pedro Cabrera said the 118th IOC session in the Italian city of Turin swept under the rug the return of baseball to the Olympics, based on mere formalities.

Baseball and softball will be excluded from the London 2012 Olympics because IOC President Jacques Rogge played down letters addressed to him by 45 members of that entity to resume talks on the issue.

Rogge rejected their proposal and asked them the following question: Do you accept that this session reconsider the baseball-softball return to the Olympics, leaving out the formalities required to include this topic on the agenda?

The voting is well known: the respect for “required formalities” prevailed by a small margin.

Talks on baseball were excluded by 46 votes against and 42 in favor, and softball, 47 against and 43 in favor.

Which were those formalities?

The Olympic Charter regulates that an item previously analyzed and decided upon can only be examined again if an extraordinary session is called in advance.

Both sports were taken out of the London 2012 Olympic program in the IOC Session in Singapore seven months ago.

However, their inclusion in the 2016 Olympics will be discussed in the IOC meeting in Copenhagen in 2009.

Participants at the roundtable made it clear that Rogge himself had termed those formalities an anachronism.

Baseball entered the Olympic program for the first time in Barcelona 1992, following tireless efforts by late Puerto Rican German Rieckehoff and Cuban Manuel Gonzalez Guerra.

Cuba was the champ at Barcelona, Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004, while the US won that of Sydney 2000.

Two Strikes For Olympic Baseball And Softball

February 9th, 2006

Bad news for Baseball and Softball, at second try, both sports did not get the majority vote to reinstate.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted against putting the reinstatement of baseball and softball at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, on the agenda. Both sports failed to get a required majority for putting the proposal to a vote, with members voting 46-42 against baseball and 47-43 against softball.The sports were eliminated from the Olympic program in July but remain on the program for the Beijing 2008 Summer Games.

The support of at least 51 per cent of IOC members was required before reinstatement could go to a secret ballot. After that each sport would have needed majority backing in a second vote.

The London 2012 Games now has 26 sports on the program, two short of the maximum. Softball and baseball will be eligible to reapply later for readmission at the 2016 Games.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said, “we will work closely with the two federations. We will work with them at the Olympic Games at Beijing and see if there’s a chance to come back in the program. I understand the disappointment of those who pleaded for the reinstatement”.

U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman (USOC) Peter Ueberroth is disappointed with the decision not to reinstate the two sports. The USOC released a statement Thursday from Ueberroth saying, “the dreams of young people from around the world who aspire to compete in the Olympic Games in softball and baseball were dealt a setback”. Ueberroth says the USOC will continue working with the international federations to get the two sports reinstated.

Members from Cuba, Australia, Guatemala, Brazil, Spain, Canada, South Africa and Taiwan were among those speaking in favour of readmitting both sports. Several delegates said the Singapore vote should be overturned because no replacement sports were brought in.

Looks like Baseball is almost impossible to play in London 2012, hope it can still have another chance to in London and in Olympics forever.

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