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IOC to Eliminate Baseball, Softball From 2012 Games


The International Olympic Committee has voted to eliminate baseball and softball from the 2012 Summer Games in London.

The sports were the only two of 28 that failed to win a majority of votes in a ballot of members at an IOC meeting Friday in Singapore. The last time a sport was eliminated from the Olympics was in 1936, when water polo was removed.

The committee will now consider replacing baseball and softball with two sports from a waiting list. Up for consideration are karate, golf, squash, rugby and roller sports.

Meanwhile, the IOC announced that equestrian events for the 2008 Beijing Games will be held in Hong Kong.

Organizers in Beijing had pushed for the move, saying a number of equine diseases are prevalent in the Chinese capital.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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