POSTED: November 11th 2008
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Baseball back to the future

IBAF president Harvey Schiller (right) at baseball's bronze medal game in Beijing with IOC president Jacques Rogge  / Michael Zarrilli
IBAF president Harvey Schiller (right) at baseball's bronze medal game in Beijing with IOC president Jacques Rogge / Michael Zarrilli

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Fla: Baseball officials are heading for the bid sports presentation date in Lausanne confident about the message they wish to impress on the IOC Programme Commission.

Both baseball and softball were voted off the summer Games schedule for 2012, in London, and are among the seven sports competing for Olympic slots in 2016. Golf, karate, roller sports, rugby union and squash are the other five competing for votes in their favour when the IOC meets in Copenhagen next October.

On Friday each sport will have an hour comprising 20 minutes for the presentation and then a question-and-answer session.

Harvey Schiller, president of the IBAF, is optimistic about making the best of baseball’s case. He said: “We are looking forward to the IOC Olympic Programme Commission presentation, we have a good story to tell and we want to show the IOC how baseball can help grow the Olympic Movement.

“We plan to focus on the history of baseball in the Olympic Games, our commitment to youth, the fact that the sport has no economic barriers and that it has a proven track record of racial acceptance. We have a strong commitment to the youth and embrace the ideals of fair play.

“The game continues to expand and basically it is a simple game with a bat and a ball without huge requirements." 




Keywords · Baseball · Lausanne · IOC Programme Commission · Harvey Schiller · IBAF · 2016 Olympics


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