- call me AlLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Baseball was formally introduced as an official Olympic sport in 1992 (Barcelona) and was last played in the Olympics in 2008 (Beijing).
In between, baseball was dominated by Cuba, the United States, Japan, and South Korea. These four countries combined to win 13 of the 15 available medals.
Who's missing? European countries. That's significant, because many members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are European aristocrats. Many others are their lackeys. They're not particularly interested in promoting sport or fair play as much as promoting their own agenda, which includes ensuring their home country does well in the Olympics. Given how badly the American and Asian teams crushed European ones, it was clear European teams weren't going to be competitive anytime soon.
So what happened next? Did the European countries individually examine their baseball programs, find ways to improve, pour resources into making themselves better, and slowly but steadily see results on the field? Nah, they just ordered their IOC reps to remove baseball from the Olympics, as well as softball. Remember, these are rich folks who expect to have their way right now. Besides, the European IOC members were all to happy to remove a sport in which their home country was being embarrassed.
It's sadly ironic that the IOC, which governs fair play in sport, can't practice it themselves.Source(s): I'm an Olympics junkie.
- 8 years ago
Baseball at the Summer Olympics had its unofficial debut at the 1904 Summer Games, and it became an official Olympic sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Baseball has a long history as an exhibition/demonstration sport in the Olympics prior to its receiving official medal status by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Olympic baseball is governed by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). The event was last played in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with South Korea taking the gold.
At the IOC meeting on July 7, 2005, baseball and softball were voted out of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, becoming the first sport voted out of the Olympics since polo was eliminated from the 1936 Olympics. The elimination excised 16 teams and more than 300 athletes from the 2012 Olympics. The two slots left available by the IOC's elimination were subsequently filled by golf and rugby sevens in 2016. This decision was reaffirmed on February 9, 2006. In the stands during the 2008 bronze medal game between the U.S. and Japan, IOC head Jacques Rogge was interviewed by MLB.com's Mark Newman and cited various criteria for Baseball to earn its way back in: "To be on the Olympic program is an issue where you need universality as much as possible. You need to have a sport with a following, you need to have the best players and you need to be in strict compliance with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). And these are the qualifications that have to be met. When you have all that, you have to win hearts. You can win the mind, but you still must win hearts." It was officially decided in August 2009 at the IOC Board meeting in Berlin that baseball would also not be included in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
On April 1, 2011, the IBAF and the International Softball Federation announced they were preparing a joint proposal to revive play of both sports at the 2020 Summer Olympics.Source(s): wikipedia
- lestermountLv 78 years ago
Sports are voted on by the committee and baseball and softball were eliminated because not enough countries wanted to play the sport.
Europe mostly dominates voting so there are many sports that are not played outside Europe where the support is great.
Baseball and softball may return to the Olympics in the future, it just depends on how things go, as in all voting there are lots of under the table deals.
- 8 years ago
Out of last 5 Olympic Games USA won only 1 gold medal.Your explanation is not viable.
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- BlayneLv 48 years ago
Because Americans would dominate it, justl like softball, and the Lord knows Team USA doesn't need anymore gold medals....so countries like China, Russia, and North Korea voted it out of Olympic games.Source(s): Team USA.....dominating the Summer and Winter Olympics since 1980, and proud sponsor of IN YOUR FACE apparel.
- 8 years ago
It is played mostly in the u.s. along with softball, so the U.S. always won, so they took it out since it isn't really an international sport.
- 8 years ago
It is s**t evry think about it is s**t you need a new spot all you americans do you all need to get a grip ya all a pack of fannys hahah FREEKS base ball NBA and wwe the whole country are a pack of **** holes now jog on you mug
- Winston SmithLv 68 years ago
It's not that popular outside Japan and the U.S. and Dominican Republic.