I found this while I was checking the A's standings at yahoo.com
Can it be that there will be no baseball in the country that "invented" it (cricket) for the 2012 Olympics?! That's just too bad. Instead we might get an event of golf or squash (?)
I know the Brits are already having a bad week (my condolences, I love London!), but no Olympic baseball? Any thoughts here?
(I only posted the beginning of the article)
IOC drops baseball, softball from 2012 program
By STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer
July 8, 2005
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Baseball and softball were dropped Friday from the Olympic program for the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Each of the 28 existing sports was put to a secret vote by the International Olympic Committee, and baseball and softball failed to receive a majority required to stay on the program. The other 26 sports were retained.
The IOC will consider replacing them with two sports from a waiting list of five: golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports. That decision will be made Saturday.
Baseball and softball are the first sports cut from the Olympics since water polo in 1936. Baseball has been vulnerable because it doesn't bring top Major League players to the Olympics. Softball has been in danger because of a perceived lack of global appeal and participation.