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I'll see it just about it now Tug of war live bridging shooting clubs way it's obvious what -- these didn't last.
But to other sports are about to join -- list of debt Olympics warts baseball.
And softball why.
Well because the sports didn't get the number of votes needed to remain in the -- -- you're not going to be seen him after the summer.
Talk about a bad call my next guest is Harvey Schiller.
He is president of the International Baseball Federation and former executive director of the US.
Olympic Committee so you've got sort of divided -- wanted to get a sport the Olympics but how could they get rid of baseball.
-- we still cancer but the argument that was made after the vote was the issue with doping in professional baseball.
And the fact that players off the point five man roster office -- Major League Baseball were not involved.
The doping issue really was not one that was concerned with the Olympic team.
And Major League Baseball is really with the union has made significant steps and these past -- -- I gotta say doping that's a bit disingenuous because doping goes on all over the Olympic Games it was him it's been rather unfair and now we have the World Baseball Classic and and players that participate that are off Major League rosters.
Are tested starting 45 days before the competition just like any other Olympic athlete would be.
And in terms of the use of professional players you know took sixty years to get -- professional hockey player's involvement took nine years to get professional basketball players involved.
We do have -- -- Forty man roster and we're working hard with Major League Baseball and other federations around the world to include players by 201620s.
But it's not definitely not gonna be there in the next Olympics it'll be in Beijing.
And another month or so -- Beijing I know -- after 2008 we're gonna have a couple of Olympics or at least one who have may not occur we will have 2012 and that will be the games in London.
Hopefully something might happen to two -- change that but.
2016 -- seven sports that will be considered next year tradition back to the program including based.
On -- -- like that one thing we haven't talked about is is probably the most obvious of all isn't it conceivable that.
They're not they don't want baseball because it's an American sport it's the American pastime.
And there's this surge of anti Americanism in a lot of these -- Well there are people who believe that.
It's not an argument that will help us and getting back on the program so we have to be careful with -- we're -- -- -- I showed that the sport is relevant -- 115 countries around the world that do it.
We have made and it's -- you you have a growing in China right now correct general freak result there was coaching the team we have players that are playing every day in China.
We have countries including Korea and Chinese Taipei as well as Japan very popular sports course and Latin America -- in the islands and Central America Canada Australia.
So it's a little bit -- -- well and and the irony is is that just at a time when when baseball is becoming more -- the national the international committee is thinking of shutting it out.
About a third of the players memo -- -- from other countries right now.
And and it's a sport that has always.
Welcome immigrants and people from around the world you know you see more more of -- coverage of Japanese you see -- little advertisements around the base of the stadiums.
More than half evidence of days or Japanese or Korean well it helps when you have Japanese players playing on those teams are right now we should mention you're.
We're proud to say.
Former mayor brigadier general in the united states air force -- how many combat missions did you have over -- -- -- a a few a few you're being very modest but.
Your security is a concern of yours as well.
What about security issues briefly in Beijing there are some concerns about that well I I think every Olympics since what's happened in Munich and new year and a plan.
There's always a concern that something could happen.
The Chinese like other organizing committees before them have done.
Wonderful things in preparation but there's always that unknown.
The important thing is that a lot of the teams now.
Arrange for their own security that's a little bit different so the sensitive countries like Israel and the United States and others that happen after Munich.
Happened well after Munich yes it is but Munich was that was that was -- talent that was a real -- the telling point and although there's a lot of coordination as though it still falls back a lot to the teams and the countries and so now China of course it does.
Everything with the with thousands more people than we're used to they have several 100000 of these special security forces.
They have -- I think about another half a million.
Sort of private volunteers were going to be involved security so.
With that kind of -- system this is it conceivable that some bad apple that you still get through.
Well of the 205 countries that are now now make up the International Olympic Committee -- national Olympic -- almost half have never visited China before.
So you have countries from parts of Asia and Central Africa that there is a little bit of fear that they may come not knowing what that whole system is all about.
I think the greatest fear is that security may be some type that people won't be able again and to see an event or even the athletes -- American journalist -- thereby save doctor Henry or general Henry killer I don't know which -- it.
You can start with -- -- Harvey -- look -- -- we'd love to have you back from the International Baseball Federation thanks for coming in thanks for every share.
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