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Major League Baseball Says It Will Not Change Schedule to Accommodate the Olympics

Major League Baseball Says It Will Not Change Schedule to Accommodate the Olympics

Baseball was an Olympic sport from 1992-2008 before it was dropped from the London Games.

The sport has been on a campaign to get it back into the Olympics for the 2020 Games. However, that effort might have taken a blow as MLB has said it will not change its schedule to accommodate the Olympics.

IOC President Jacques Rogge has said the sport needs to make its best players available just like they are in hockey and basketball.

The IOC board will meet next week to select one or more sports to put up for consideration by the IOC General Assembly for possible admission into the 2020 Games.

The international baseball and softball federations are merging in an effort to better their chances of being chosen by the IOC for inclusion in future Olympic games.

The sport has started its own international event in 2006 called the World Baseball Classic. Earlier this year the WBC was played for the third time with the Dominican Republic winning its first title (Japan won the first two).

So if baseball is to win its bid to be re-included in the Olympics, it will be without major help from MLB.

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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