Saturday, November 15, 2008

Making their cases

Yesterday, seven sports made their cases to an IOC committee about why they should be included in the 2016 Olympics. Softball and baseball, of course, were two of the seven, making separate arguments to the program commission which is comprised of 16 IOC members.
Long day for the commission with each sport making a one-hour pitch.
Also pleading for inclusion: golf (we know how I feel about that); karate (still surprised it isn't in already); rugby (I'm in support--far more supportive of it than baseball certainly); roller sports (not really sure what this would look like and am doubtful they have garnered enough support to get it over the other high-profile sports); and squash (ambivalent).
In June the commission will issue its recommendations and the full 100-member IOC board will vote next year at a meeting in Coopenhagen.

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