Don’t look for baseball to be part of the Summer Olympics when it comes to Paris in 2024.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the addition of additional sports to the games that will be three years from the Tokyo Games this coming year. Baseball was, as expected, unannounced because they were not on the shortlist of sports considered earlier this year.
Problems with MLB players competing in the Summer Olympics have always run into scheduling conflicts with the league’s regular season. The commissioner and the owners have long discouraged big league players from participating. As recently as 2017, Commissioner Manfred threw water on the idea for the Tokyo games.
“[T]The skepticism you’ve heard from some is that no matter how you organize the event, there would be a significant number of major league players who would be removed from their teams. Manfred said. “It would change the competition in our everyday game. I don’t think our owners would support some kind of break in our season. Continuity is really important to our competitors. ”
Baseball has long had a two-way relationship with the summer games. The last time baseball was included was the 198i Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, when eight teams competed in exhibition games. The US team saw several Major League Baseball stars at the time, including Tino Martinez, Robin Ventura, and Charles Nagy. It was also demonstration sport in 1988 before becoming an integral part of the Olympic program for the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games.
Baseball is likely to return as part of the 2028 Summer Games when they return to Los Angeles.
Although baseball is not part of the 2024 Summer Olympics, several new sports will.
Skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and breakdancing have been confirmed as additional sports based on a proposal from Paris 2024. Breakdance will make its Olympic debut.
Beyond adding new sports, based on the Paris 2024 Olympic program commission, the games will see a significant increase in diversity awareness.
For the first time, there will be exactly 50% male and female participation. This follows the gender equality set for Tokyo 2020, which will have 48.8% female participation.
Mixed events in 2024 will drop from 18 to 22 compared to Tokyo 2020.
Other cost-cutting measures are underway, including a reduction in the total number of athletes and events.
“With this program, we are making the Paris 2024 Olympic Games suitable for the post-corona world. We are further reducing the cost and complexity of hosting the Games. While we will already achieve gender equality at the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, for the first time in Olympic history we will see the participation of the exact same number of female and male athletes. There is also a focus on youth, ”said IOC President Thomas Bach.