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08-12-2012, 12:59 PM
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I've mentioned it before, but there are basically three strikes (yuck yuck) against baseball:

1. Not a large number of participating countries, and quite localized.

2. Lack of the best players.

3. Frequent need/cost of constructing large specialized playing facilities.

Maybe the IOC should adopt a rule that the host nation for each Olympics can pick one sport for both men and women that gets added (with some basic minimum standards, so for instance the US couldn't pick American football). Then you could have baseball in the USA and Japan where they care about it and already have plenty of stadiums, without having to burden other host countries with it.
point 1, not a valid point when it comes to the Olympics, being that the same can be said for loads of other sports taking part in the event

point 2, that is not true, I know Cuba sends its full roster, and I believe the same is for S.Korea who since 2000 sent professional players as well as Japan...also, not valid considering how Olympic soccer works

point 3, it's the Olympics, meaning that building new facilities to allocate sports is not a novelty, at the same time if all these bunch of other meaningless events are taken out, than baseball would be easier allocated

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08-12-2012, 01:00 PM
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Olympic football does not include the best players either.
Baseball doesn't have the same popularity globally. IOC can't stand up to soccer mad countries and the World Cup. They'd love to have the best players.

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08-12-2012, 01:03 PM
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in any case I honestly don't mind baseball's exclusion from the Olympics....the WBC has been awesome and a major success, a testament to why it's now the premier baseball competition and why it's now a recurring a event

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Olympic football does not include the best players either.
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point 1, not a valid point when it comes to the Olympics, being that the same can be said for loads of other sports taking part in the event

point 2, that is not true, I know Cuba sends its full roster, and I believe the same is for S.Korea who since 2000 sent professional players as well as Japan...also, not valid considering how Olympic soccer works

point 3, it's the Olympics, meaning that building new facilities to allocate sports is not a novelty, at the same time if all these bunch of other meaningless events are taken out, than baseball would be easier allocated
Both of you are missing the point here. It's not about whether or not you can quibble with any single on of these strikes against baseball, it's that it suffers from all three of them.

Yeah, soccer doesn't send the best players (in the men's game that is). Yet it's still there because every country plays it, and any host city is going to have plenty of facilities available where it can be played. It's a low cost, low overhead way to get a very popular sport into the Olympics that allows a lot of athletes to compete, and also represents a showcase event for the women's side of the sport.

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08-12-2012, 01:06 PM
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Probably could given a week or two of training, like what Stephen Colbert did. I mean the horse does most of the work shouldn't be too hard to get the commands learned since the horses are multimillion thoroughbreds who know how to do everything already.

It's the opposite of horse racing, in the Olympics it the jockey who gets all the glory(medals) vs. horse racing where the horse gets all the glory(ex. does anyone even know w/o Wikipedia who rode Secretariat in his Triple Crown year?).

Same can be said for racing cars, once you learn how to drive it most of the work is done outside of strategy. I'd be willing to give equestrian sports a bit more credit if they added some rodeo stuff and if it wasn't just a rich people's sport.
You have no idea what you are talking about. Showjumping and dressage requires far more skill on the riders part than racing, that is why. The people who ride these horses have been doing it their whole lives.

You are wrong about racing cars too, especially for Formula 1 the drivers have to be incredibly strong to be able to withstand the high G's for so many laps. The reaction time of these drivers is unbelievable, they also have to have perfect knowledge of every track, every turn, and they have to know all of the science and technical stuff of the car inside out.

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08-12-2012, 01:41 PM
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Lacrosse is unlikely, as the U.S. and Canada are light years ahead of everybody else, even Australia and the Iroquois. Hell, would the IOC even allow the Iroquois to compete? After they were denied entry to the UK for the 2010 World Championships, I'd say probably not.
Of course not, why would they? I mean even England was not allowed to compete in the football tournament in London of all places.

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how about golf?

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how about golf?
Will be in Rio

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If taekwando (sp???) judo wrestling and boxing are in (and I feel like I am forgetting a martial art/fighting sport) why not karate

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Japan is very strong in this discipline from what I've read.

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If taekwando (sp???) judo wrestling and boxing are in (and I feel like I am forgetting a martial art/fighting sport) why not karate
Kung Fu is more fun to watch.

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Roller hockey

should definitely be in the olympics. If you're under 18 and looking to play in a league in Vancouver, join www.mvrhl.com

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Ice hockey.

Skip past its a winter sport blah blah blah. If we, as hockey fans, want the game to extend as far as it can around the world, wouldn't it be better to have it in the summer games, where host nations can submit teams, i.e. GB in 2012, Brazil in 2016. As people watch the Olympics they catch a few mins of it, maybe like it, check out some more, maybe look into trying the sport out or seeing if they have a local team to watch.

It gets bogged down in the Winter Games, quite frankly, unless your from a country with a good winter sports heritage, most winter games sports go right under the radar.

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12-19-2012, 05:21 PM
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Ice hockey.

Skip past its a winter sport blah blah blah. If we, as hockey fans, want the game to extend as far as it can around the world, wouldn't it be better to have it in the summer games, where host nations can submit teams, i.e. GB in 2012, Brazil in 2016. As people watch the Olympics they catch a few mins of it, maybe like it, check out some more, maybe look into trying the sport out or seeing if they have a local team to watch.

It gets bogged down in the Winter Games, quite frankly, unless your from a country with a good winter sports heritage, most winter games sports go right under the radar.
Imagine Brazil in the Olympics

They would lose to Belarus 68-0 on a good day

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12-20-2012, 01:14 AM
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Not to mention that countries that host the Winter Olympics tend to have a significantly higher percentage of people that actually enjoy hockey than countries/areas that host the summer games.

Plus, why would the IOC want to take away the main money draw of the Winter Games away? They'll let the NHLers be kept away before they do something like that, in all likelihood.

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IOC drops Wrestling from 2020 Olympics, and that's about time unfortunately. I dont know how many times Sweden have been screwed over the last 2 Olympics. Terrible rules and so easily corrupted.

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Hmmm why not running?

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Dropping wrestling and keeping basketball ?

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Dropping wrestling and keeping basketball ?
Not sure if serious... One of those is slightly more popular and professional than the other.

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Not sure if serious... One of those is slightly more popular and professional than the other.
One actually requires athleticism, the other doesn't and belongs in the same category as bowling, darts, golf, billiards, etc.

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Wrestling is one of the original Olympic sports, it's a joke to take it out, a total joke.

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02-12-2013, 09:59 AM
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No reason to remove wrestling

No reason to remove basketball either

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Absolutely ridiculous move by the IOC to want to drop wrestling from the Olympics. #SaveOlympicWrestling

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