Tommy Lasorda was on the radio and he point-blank said that the reason these sports were ielimnated was anti-americanism. Bah, I say. but what I do believe is that there is a significant Euro-centric bias to the Olympics. I may be completely wrong about this, but baseball is extremely popular in the Western Hemisphere and in the Pacific Rim, yet is virtually non-existent in Europe and Africa. I don’t have anything to back it up, it just seems to me that Europe pushes the Olympic agenda more than most any other region. Some of the objections were that professionals don’t always play, whichi s a weak excuse, stadiums cost too much, but what about velodromes, bobsled courses, etc. A baseball field can be easily converted to other uses.
The best reason given by the IOC memebers might have been the steroids issue, but if that were true than track and field would have been eliminated years ago. Also, the fact that it was as secret ballot that elimnated these sports rankles.