專欄 棒壘球重返2020年奧運

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名人堂 肯米 | 2014/12/09

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先前國際奧林匹克委員會在2005年7月在新加坡舉辦全國會員大會舉行秘密投票,通過在2012年起取消棒球和壘球成為奧運比賽項目,在棒球得到54票反對,50票贊成和壘球項目52票反對,51票贊成,1票棄權的同時,雙雙被排除在奧運之外,如今經過IOC投票全票通過2020奧運,棒壘球將以「主辦國自辦項目」回歸。

不過大家別高興太早,因為棒壘球是以主辦國自辦項目回歸,而不是以棒壘球可以往後持續在奧運會上持續舉辦,畢竟在當時取消時是因為兩個原因:(最高水平選手未參加奧運)以及(興奮劑管制未符合奧運會標準)的因素,如今回歸條件為主辦國自辦項目,可能只維持一屆而已。



而2020年主辦國是哪個國家?答案是日本,且在東京舉辦,也因此積極爭取以主辦國自辦項目回奧運的舉動,這就不令人感到意外了。

​雖然可能僅僅會在2020年看到棒壘球回奧運,也代表要讓往後奧運繼續存在棒壘球項目,還需要相當大的努力,但這樣的結果已經讓大家開心不已,也希望往後大家能更積極的參與,並將標準訂好,朝向每一屆都可以打棒壘球邁進吧!

以下則是原文

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Baseball and softball, out of the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Games, edged closer to a return to the world's biggest multi-sports event on Monday when the IOC approved sports programme changes.

The two sports can rightfully now consider themselves to have one foot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee gave the green light for additions of sports without requiring the seven-year rule.

In a recommendation approved by the IOC session in Monaco, Games organisers can request the inclusion of a sport that is not on the Olympic programme.

Tokyo, eager to have the two sports in the 2020 Games, is widely expected to make a request given the popularity of both in Japan and the IOC's interest in making the Games more exciting with the addition of more sports than the current 28.

Following the change, the Olympics become more events-based than sports-based, allowing the IOC to bring in and take out sports much easier than in the past as it works to keep the Games relevant to a new generation of spectators and sponsors.

Tokyo Games organisers can now move ahead with an official request which is seen as a sure winner since the approved change was essentially a nod to the Japanese organisers.

It will still require the agreement of the IOC and the federation, both of which are considered all but certain.

Baseball and softball had made a failed attempt in 2013 to win back a spot on the programme after being taken off after the 2008 Games.

But, despite merging the two federations into one international body to boost their chances, they lost out to wrestling which was readmitted months after being taken off the programme.

Their expected return to the Olympic fold will be good news for the two sports and secure millions of dollars in revenues even though it guarantees them only one Games appearance.

IOC president Thomas Bach, who took over from Jacques Rogge in 2013, has been eager to revamp the sports programme, frantically pushing for this change, saying it was necessary for the Games to remain relevant. 

It is also expected to boost the Games' attraction by bringing in sports that are far more popular around the world than some traditional Olympic sports as well as potentially increasing revenues from broadcasters and sponsors.

The change also allows host cities to shore up local enthusiasm by adding a sport popular in their part of the world.

新聞來源: http://ppt.cc/bdDO

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筆名肯米,台南人,棒球痴,籃球狂,亦涉及各類運動,曾擔任運動專欄作家及各類文宣。 專欄領域:中華職棒 CPBL (賽事分析、球星討論、熱門議題研究)、美國職棒 MLB、美國職籃 NBA等 目前在國小教籃球

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