When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calls into session, it decides the fate of Olympic sports. Some are removed from the Games – cast away from the Olympics forever, while others are introduced for the first time or brought back after hiatus. While we do admit that the job is tough, we think that a few of their omissions were a tad rash.
In fact, if Chill had a seat on the IOC, we’d have been pulling hard for at least a few of these sports to be included.
BaseballAmerica’s favourite pastime was played numerous times as a demonstration sport before serving as a medal sport from 1992 until 2008. Cuba won gold three times, with the USA, Japan, and South Korea also consistently placing. Even with so many international stars in the sport, like Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista from the Dominican Republic, the competition seemed, to the IOC, to be too reliant on American Major League players. World Wide Softball and Baseball Federations have teamed up to attempt to reinstate the sports for the 2020 Summer Games, but it seems doubtful to return.
Who Says We Can't Have These Sports?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is an old-school, seemingly covert club – they even refer to themselves as “the supreme authority” – currently comprised of 115 members. That 115 features everyone from active athletes to retired athletes to representatives of international and national sports organizations. Every member is elected for an eight-year term, except for those elected before 1966, who are guaranteed members for life.
The IOC is broken down into smaller committees that tackle specific issues related to the Olympics. One of those smaller committees is the Olympic Programme Commission, which decides which sports to include and exclude at future Games. When choosing to include or exclude sports at each Olympic Games, the Olympic Programme Commission makes its decisions based on 33 different criteria ranging from the health of the athletes to the popularity and image of the sport.