The decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reduce
number of sports at the 2012 London Olympics from 28 to 26 has received
a mixed reaction. The ruling has not only upset the federations
of the two excluded sports (baseball and softball), but also those of
the sports who failed to replace them (golf, rugby union, squash,
karate and roller sports). However, many traditionalists have
welcomed the move.
The IOC met in July to vote on which sports to include in the London
Olympics. All 28 sports confirmed for Beijing 2008 faced the
vote. Baseball and softball were voted out yet none of the five sports
nominated by the IOC executive board as replacements were approved.
Supporters of the excluded sports were angered by the decision.
The move will have a profound effect on the sports' development. The
five candidate sports' federations have also been vocal in their
criticism but have already begun lobbying for inclusion in the 2016
Traditionalists on the other hand have welcomed the outcome. Some even
feel that the IOC has not gone far enough in curbing the rise of contemporary
Wherever the 2016 Olympic Games are held, it is assured that its
sporting composition will be as controversial. With a greater diversity
of sporting pursuits clamouring to be endowed with Olympic status the
two current vacant slots are being eyed keenly from varied quarters.