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06/16/2009

Olympic roller skating??

(LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND)  - Lost in the shadows of the spotlight shining on the 2016 race is another competition, this one to determine new sports to be added to the Olympic dossier.  


Baseball, softball, karate, squash, rugby, roller sports and golf are vying to be included in the 2016 Olympic Games.  Representatives of the various sports are here in Lausanne pitching the IOC as we speak.  IOC President Jacques Rogge confirmed Monday that only two of the seven will be allowed to join the Olympic sport roster.  

As much as Chicago would welcome the prospect of hosting Olympic baseball games at Wrigley and US Cellular Fields (sources say both would be used, with the final matches likely played at the Cell due to its superior skyboxes) the reality is baseball is a long shot for inclusion.

The Olympic movement (like the rest of us) is desperately trying to reclaim its youth.  It's widely believed the IOC will chose sports with the greatest appeal to the younger demographics worldwide sponsors seek.

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