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Maybe MLB will change mind about Olympics

July 21st, 2008

If it will help restore baseball to the Olympic calendar, Major League Baseball is ready to consider releasing major league players.

Baseball and softball will be played at the Beijing Olympics next month but the International Olympic Committee has voted to remove both sports from the Olympic calendar from 2012 onwards.

Among the reasons for the decision has been MLB’s consistent refusal to alter its calendar in order to create a window for major league players to compete.

However, MLB vice-president Bob Watson, who also serves as the general manager of the American national team, revealed as part of the American squad announcement on Wednesday that talks are ongoing between MLB, the IOC and International Baseball Federation.

‘I believe they are trying to work up something, you have a few years to get a plan. There are a lot of moving parts but don’t rule it out,’ Watson said in a conference call.

MLB is still not ready to consider shutting its season down for an extended period, but is studying an idea to schedule an extended All-Star break that would allow a short Olympic tournament to be scheduled.

So if MLB really decide to open, with more strictly drug testing is already under way, the two critical point that IOC wants, there is very good chance that Olympic Baseball will back to 2016, and hope it will come true.

IBAF hires anti-doping manager

December 21st, 2007

For International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and World of Baseball, performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) is always a serious issue for them being knock out from London 2012, to persuade Olympics Authority, they start to do as much as they can, and recently IBAF has hired a new anti-doping manager of its campaign to win reinstatement as an Olympic sport.

The one they choose is Nicki Vance, who is an Australian who has nearly 20 years of experience in the field, including a year’s stint at the World Anti-Doping Agency.

IBAF president Harvey Schiller said the federation needed a full-time anti-doping specilalist heading into the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “Our goal is to establish a leadership position in education and testing to eliminate the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport,” he said in a statement.

The hiring follows last week’s release of the Mitchell Report in the United States on the use of performance-enhancing substances in major league baseball.

“Like a lot of sports that are on the Olympic program the professional leagues don’t come under the control of the federation,” Schiller said. “I believe we will be able to set a standard for all sports that have professional organizations associated with them.”

Good news is IBAF conducted 24 drug tests on the four teams at the Asian Championships and Olympic qualifier in Taiwan earlier this month, and All came back negative. However, they are all Asian, which is less influence or almost none effect or related to the Steroid Storm with Mitchell Report.

The doping problem in professional baseball — and lack of rigorous testing and sanctions — was a factor in the sport’s exclusion from the Olympics. Baseball was voted off the Olympic program by the IOC in 2005. It will be part of the Beijing Games but not the 2012 London Olympics. Baseball and softball are lobbying to be reinstated for the 2016 Olympics.

Hope this step is a Giant one to help baseball back to Olympics.

Pre-Olympic Cuban team selected

August 25th, 2007

According to Granma, Cuban Pre-Olympic team is selected.

UNDER the direction of Rey Vicente Anglada, Cuba is to present a team made up of 24 baseball players, of whom 21 participated in the 1st World Baseball Classic, with the sole objective of winning one of the two slots for the 08 Beijing Olympics awarded by the 3rd Pre-Olympic Baseball tournament, scheduled to open today at 8:00 p.m. in Havana’s Latin America stadium.

The selection, announced yesterday, is:
Catchers: Ariel Pestano, Eriel Sánchez and Roger Machado;

Infield: Alexander Mayeta, Ariel Borrero, Yulieski Gouriel, Eduardo Paret, Michel Enríquez, and Rudy Reyes;

Outfielders: Frederich Cepeda, Osmani Urrutia, Alexei Ramírez, Giorvis Duvergel and Carlos Tabares;

Pitchers: Pedro Luis Lazo, Yunieski Maya, Yadier Pedroso, Yulieski González, Adiel Palma, Jonder Martínez, Frank Montieth, Vicyohandri Odelín, Deinys Suárez and Norberto González.

The team was presented with the flag yesterday at the base of the José Martí Monument, in a ceremony presided over by José Ramón Fernández, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee, and Cristian Jiménez, head of INDER.

IOC OKs way to change Olympic sports

July 8th, 2007

After the IOC assembly in Guatemala, they agree to allow room for a new sports to Olympics. This time, only a simple majority will be needed for adding or removing sports. Previously, it took a two-thirds majority to bring in a new sport.

It means there is a chance that Baseball might be back to 2016.

IOC OKs way to change Olympic sports
By Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer
GUATEMALA CITY — The IOC agreed Friday to keep a “core” group of more than two dozen sports in future Olympics and allow room for a few new ones to be included at each games.

Under the new process, the International Olympic Committee will approve a bloc of 25-26 entrenched sports and can add two or three more to stay within a maximum of 28.

Softball and baseball, which have been dropped for the 2012 London Olympics, are lobbying to return for the 2016 games.

A simple majority will be needed for adding or removing sports. Previously, it took a two-thirds majority to bring in a new sport. The IOC assembly will vote on a list proposed by its 15-member executive board.

The changes were approved unanimously by a show of hands on the third day of the IOC assembly in Guatemala.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said the new system was “much clearer and easier to understand” and would lead to a “consistent, coherent and well-balanced program” combining a mix of individual sports, team sports and sports popular in certain regions.

The move followed widespread criticism of the arduous procedures at the IOC session in Singapore in 2005, where members voted individually on each of the 28 sports. Baseball and softball were cut for 2012 and members failed to approve any replacements, leaving only 26 sports for London.

The new process will debut at the 2009 session in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the same 26 sports on the London program put forward for the 2016 games. The executive board also will propose inclusion of one or two other sports.

In 2013, the IOC will vote on a bloc of 25 sports for the 2020 games, meaning one sport will be dropped from the permanent list after 2016 and three new sports could be added.

Meanwhile, the IOC approved the current seven sports on the Winter Olympics program — skiing, biathlon, bobsled, luge, curling, ice hockey and skating — for the 2014 games, which were awarded Wednesday to Sochi, Russia. Individual disciplines — including women’s ski jumping — still could be added.

Don Porter, president of the International Softball Federation, said he expects to compete against five to 10 other sports for inclusion at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“It makes it a little more difficult,” he said. “That’s the system they got and we have to work with it. It’s not the best. The window is a lot more narrow. We’ll work hard and hope we get a shot at it.”

The International Baseball Federation has scheduled a special congress Aug. 18 in Frankfurt, Germany, to devise a strategy for getting readmitted to the Olympics.

Rogge said core spots could only be removed for “exceptional reasons,” including mismanagement, corruption, refusal to comply with anti-doping rules or dramatic loss of popularity.

“Is this an eternal status?” he said. “No, of course not, but to remove a sport from these 25 would need very special reasons.”

Those sports outside the core group, however, would have a “different status,” Rogge said. They would be considered provisional and would be easier to drop, he said.

Dick Pound, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, warned Friday that “more than a handful” of Olympic sports so far have failed to comply with anti-doping rules, endangering their place in future games. But he said they have time to remedy the problems.

The sports program must be fixed seven years in advance of each games.

Rogge said the IOC would maintain its cap of 10,500 athletes for summer games but allow “flexibility” in the number of events, disciplines and teams.

In Singapore, each of the 28 existing sports was put to a “yes” or “no” vote, with softball missing out by one vote and baseball by three.

After baseball and softball were voted out, the IOC then rejected all five sports hoping to get into the games — squash, karate, rugby, golf and roller sports. All failed to get a two-thirds majority.

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