What New Sports Should Be in the Olympics?

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What New Sports Should Be in the Olympics?

by SuperMe field (May 14, 2009)
The Olympics are deciding which sports they should allow into the 2016 Olympic games. Here is my run through.

  • 20/20 Cricket

      Pros:
      • An exciting version of cricket that has proven popular in various areas of the world.
      • Would get huge audiences from India and Pakistan.
      • No steroid culture as far as we know.
      Cons:
      • Building new stadiums would costs millions.
      • Although India has big population cricket has lost popularity in England, Australia and the Caribbean and the rest of the world have little interest in watching it.
  • Golf

      Pros:
      • All major countries have golf courses so it would save millions.
      • No steroid culture and a global sport.
      Cons:
      • Low viewing figures on TV outside the USA.
      • Olympic Golf may not have the importance of the Ryder Cup, The Masters or The Open.
  • Rugby Union 7's

      Pros:
      • A more exciting code of Rugby and a tough sport.
      • Possible steroid culture in the future, but not at present.
      • Football stadiums can be used for matches, again no extra expense.
      Cons:
      • Has pro players in four continents but unpopular in China, India, and the USA.
      • Not taken as seriously as Rugby Union 15's.
  • Softball

      Pros:
      • A women's sport and thus helps equal rights in world sport.
      • The women, unlike the men, appear to have no steroid culture.
      Cons:
      • A slow boring sport with Little excitement.
      • No global interest, Cuba and the USA only.
      • Building new stadiums will cost millions.
    Author Poll Results
  • Baseball

      Pros:
      • Popular in the USA and Cuba, and still to some extent Japan.
      Cons:
      • The worst steroid culture in world sport with more or less every pro player openly doping.
      • A slow boring sport with little global interest.
      • New stadiums would cost millions and be mainly empty not just during but also after the Olympics event.
  • Roller sports

      Pros:
      • Exciting action packed roller blade racing.
      • Cheap loop track that has to be built won't cost much.
      • No steroid culture.
      • A new sport and something fresh.
      Cons:
      • Not taken seriously as a major sport. Little global attention.
    Personally I would allow Roller sports and Rugby Union 7's.
    We will see if 20/20 cricket keeps growing first, and maybe allow softball in for the women.
    But baseball had its chance and bored everyone to death, no one seemed to miss it when it was tossed.
    I enjoyed the BMX racing at the last Olympics so I am always open to new exciting sports.

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    Roller Sports on slippery track over 2016 Olympic bid

    By Rod Gilmour (May 12, 2009)
    Rod GilmourIt figures in the World Games, Asian Games and PanAmerican Games. But can Roller Sports achieve the unthinkable and really make the step up to the Olympics Games? Very unlikely.

    FIRS, the sport's governing body, failed in its bid to make the 2012 Games and the same will happen in June when the IOC votes on the two sports who will go forward to the final vote in October.

    The bidding and lobbying process has been non-existent from the Roller Sports people when you consider the bust-a-gut efforts put in by the other six contenders for a 2016 slot.

    The video presentations - all five of them - made to to the IOC also gives away little about the sport, the athletes and what it would mean to win gold. It's done in a very roundabout way with videos entitled: Roller World, Roller Leisure, Roller Proposal, Roller Dream and The 5th Element. Judge for yourself here.

    Around the Rings makes some valid points, too.

    "The speed skating road race proposed for the Olympics requires no special venue, just the closing of city streets. But is the speed skating event what IOC members want - or is it skateboarding? Roller sports federation leaders are not as well known to the IOC as some of the other sports, and the federation's lobbying is low-key. Maybe former roller hockey player Juan Antonio Samaranch might have some influence for roller sports."

    There's really not much more to be said. Is there?

    Pros: Pinnacle of sport to win gold. BMX is Olympic sport. 5
    Cons: Global appeal. Not a bean on the ice version. 5
    Bid activity: Zilch. Zero. 0

    That's four ticked off now. Just baseball, karate and squash. Read about golf, softball and rugby sevens.
    Telegraph.co.uk: Roller Sports on slippery track over 2016 Olympic bid

    No Favorites in Hunt for New Olympic Sports

    USA Roller Sports (May 28, 2009)
    Around The Rings

    An IOC report assessing the strengths and weaknesses of seven sports seeking to join the 2016 Olympics has put each on a level pegging, according to a source familiar with the review.

    Baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, softball and squash are vying to join the Olympic program.

    Around the Rings understands no clear favorites have emerged in the technical evaluation of the sports compiled by the IOC program commission. The IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne in mid-June will review the report.

    "There isn't one that stands out from all the others; there isn't one which ticks all the boxes," a source tells Around the Rings, adding that "each one of the seven has pluses and minuses."

    The report is based on presentations made by the sports to the commission last November and dossiers providing answers to 80 questions submitted by the international federations in February. Observations made by commission members at major events run by the IFs are also taken into account in the final analysis.

    The IOC administration is currently finalizing and packaging the report for submission to EB members.

    The seven IFs will make presentations to the IOC's ruling body at its June 15-16 meeting. Along with consideration of topics such as universality and global development and governance, the impact of the sports on the organization of the Olympics will be another key factor in EB discussions.

    With so much information to digest from the program commission report, a first cut of the field is highly unlikely before the EB convenes again in Berlin Aug. 13-14.

    IOC President Jacques Rogge, speaking after the last EB meeting in Denver, had indicated that two sports would be shortlisted at the August meeting.

    But ATR understands that as many as three sports could go forward to the IOC Session which will vote on any new additions to the Olympic program in Copenhagen around Oct. 6.

    The IOC has yet to confirm whether each sport would be voted on individually or two finalists as a bloc.

    At the Session, IOC members will vote on the final composition of the 2016 Olympic program, including the potential inclusion of up to two new sports. They will also vote en bloc on the inclusion of the 26 core sports.

    With reporting from Mark Bisson.

    Your best source of news about the Olympics is http://www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.

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    Seven Sports Make Olympic Plea in Lausanne

    USA Roller Sports (Jun. 15, 2009)
    The sports will present at IOC headquarters on Monday.

    (ATR) The seven sports vying for a place on the 2016 Olympic program plead their cases Monday at IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

    Delegations from baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, softball and squash all rehearsed Sunday in the Coubertin Room at IOC headquarters..

    They will have 30 minutes with the IOC leaders Monday, each sport allowed six presenters and one technical support person. Presentations must last no longer than 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute Q & A session.

    The sports delegations will sit at one end of the rectangular boardroom table and make their pitches from their seats without a podium. Four 42-inch plasma monitors will be in the center of the room.

    Because only 10 minutes separates the presentations, the IOC has asked that the sports bring no backdrops or props.

    The representatives are not permitted to offer any gifts to the EB members on the day of the presentation. No handouts, such as brochures and pamphlets, are allowed, either.

    The sports will present in alphabetical order, starting at 2 p.m. with baseball, followed by golf at 2:40 p.m., karate at 3:20 p.m., a 30-minute coffee break at 3:50 p.m., rugby at 4:20 p.m., softball at 5 p.m., roller sports at 5:40 p.m. and squash at 6:20 p.m. All times are CET.

    IOC President Jacques Rogge has said that the he intends for the EB to recommend two finalists at its August meeting in Berlin. Those sports would then face a vote by the IOC Session in October.
    • Baseball
      The baseball delegation will include Dutch player Sidney de Jong, Bob DuPuy of Major League Baseball, Don Fehr from the Major League Baseball Players Association and IBAF President Harvey Schiller.

      Schiller tells Around the Rings that he plans to conclude his presentation by telling the Executive Board that -- like most of the people in the room -- he has been part of the Olympic Movement as a volunteer for a long time.

      "I would not have taken on this responsibility if I did not think that baseball was good for the Olympic Movement," he said.

      The seven sports will have another chance to address the EB in Berlin in August, when the field could be narrowed to two candidates for presentation to the full IOC Session in October for a vote.

      "We're looking forward to meeting with the committee," Schiller says, "but we don't think this is the end, and hope we'll have the ability to continue the dialogue over the next couple of months and into October when the final decision will be made."

    • Golf
      The golf delegation will include the most well-known athletes:
      Annika Sorenstam of Sweden and Colin Montgomerie of Great Britain. Sorenstam is an IGF Global Ambassador and and Montgomerie is the 2010 European Ryder Cup captain.

      They will join Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner, LPGA of Japan President and World Golf Hall of Fame member Hisako "Chako" Higuchi, IGF Co-Secretary Peter Dawson and IGF Executive Director Ty Votaw for the presentation. Dawson and Votaw have been coordinating golf's Olympic bid.

      Golf will also show a film featuring 16 of the game's most prominent players including Tiger Woods and current World No. 1 ranked Lorena Ochoa, plus IGF Global Ambassador Jack Nicklaus describing "the compelling reasons why golf should be reinstated as an Olympic sport after an absence of more than a century," Votaw said in a statement.

    • Karate
      World Karate Federation President Antonio Espinos tells Around the Rings he alone will handle the formal presentation to the Executive Board for his sport. He’ll be accompanied by secretary general George Yerolimpis, the WKF sports director and two athletes, all available to answer questions from the EB.

      In an Around the Rings Q&A last week, Espinos said karate would be an easy addition to the Olympic program.

      We have a proposal for 120 elite athletes, 60 men and 60 women, so we contribute to gender equity. It’s a spectacular and attractive sport and we get very good audiences when we have big events like world championships. Karate can share an existing venue in the Olympics such as volleyball or basketball; we don’t need additional venues. Also it’s a very cheap sport. We only need two sports competition areas, plus training areas, screens and scoreboards,” said Espinos.

    • Roller Sports
      President Sabatino Aracu will lead the delegation from the International Roller Sports Federation, with secretary general Roberto Marotta.

      The Olympic medal is a dream that already alone justifies our full commitment in the campaign for inclusion in the Olympic program. In addition, roller sports are very practiced and followed all over the world, but entrance at the Olympics would give us the visibility we need to continue the campaign to promote our sport even in areas where we are less present, opening a great potential”, said Aracu about the message roller sports intends to deliver the IOC Monday afternoon.

    • Rugby
      The international lineup for rugby includes Bernard Lapasset, President of the IRB; secretary general Mike Miller; Cheryl Soon, captain of the Australia women's team that won the first Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai; Humphrey Kayange, captain of the men's team for Kenya; Agustin Pichot, captain of the Argentina team for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2001 and Rugby World Cup 2007 and Anastassiya Khamova, a player and referee from Kazakhstan.

      "We are looking forward to our presentation to the IOC's Executive Board members. Our team will express their passion for the game and their commitment to contributing to the inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the Olympic Games. This is a very important moment in our campaign and we are confident that our new films, combined with personal stories from players who recently performed spectacularly at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai, will resonate with members. We have worked very hard in preparation for this presentation with full rehearsals in London a few weeks ago and again throughout this weekend here in Lausanne. We are feeling good and confident of delivering rugby's case to the IOC."

    • Softball
      The BackSoftball delegation includes gold medalists Michele Smith and Jessica Mendoza of the U.S., Danielle Stewart of Australia, Rubilena Rojas of Venezuela, Gergana Handjiyska, the Bulgarian Softball Federation's secretary general, and Lynn Alexander, who will coach South Africa at the Youth World Cup.

      Not all of them will be in the presentation room, since the sport has also brought BackSoftball Task Force Co-Chairs Donna de Varona and Dale McMann, International Softball Federation President Don Porter, ISF Deputy Secretary General Ms. Low Beng Choo and ISF Director General Toma Malikoff.

      "This is softball's last and most important official presentation before the decision will be made as to whether or not softball returns to the Olympic program in 2016," DeVarona said in a statement. "Our team is confident that softball exemplifies the best qualities of the Olympic movement. It is inclusive, global, adaptable, and lends itself to a multitude of initiatives seeking to teach important sports, health, and peacemaking lessons."

    • Squash
      IOC member Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia will lead the squash team, which will also include N Ramachandran, President of the World Squash Federation, women's world No. 1 player Nicol David of Malaysia, and three other players.

      "The team has put an enormous amount of work into Monday's presentation, which is a reflection of how important Olympic inclusion is to the whole of squash, Ramachandran said in a statement. "We are looking forward to the opportunity to address the Executive Board and highlight the many ways in which squash fulfills the criteria to become an Olympic sport."

    Written by Karen Rosen, karen@aroundtherings.com .
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