SINGAPORE, July 8 (Reuters) - Baseball and softball will not feature in the 2012 London Olympics after they were wiped from the programme in a controversial vote on Friday.
The two sports failed to win a majority of votes in a ballot of members at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Singapore and became the first sports to be axed from the Olympics since polo in 1936.
The 26 other sports from the Athens 2004 programme did win a majority of votes and will remain on the programme in London.
Baseball and softball's ejection opens the door for two of golf, squash, karate, rugby sevens and roller sports to be added.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Olympics Comm. Cuts Baseball, Softball
When I saw this story, I couldn't help but think of Baseball Crank. Of course, he may not care about the Olympics; many don't. Could there be a political motivation behind the vote?