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Seven sports will be vying for two remaining places at the 2016 Olympics - 11/14/2008
Seven sports fighting for inclusion in the 2016 Summer Games will present their cases to the International Olympic Committee on Friday.
The leaders of baseball, roller sports, softball, golf, karate, squash and rugby (seven-a-side) will meet the commission ahead of next year's vote.
The IOC has set a limit of 28 sports in 2016, meaning the sports will fight over the last two available slots.
The final decision will be made at the IOC conference in October, 2009.
The program commission is chaired by Italian Franco Carraro, one of eight IOC members on the panel which will question the delegations before presenting a report to the executive board and a simple majority is needed for a sport to be voted onto the program.
Baseball and softball were voted off the 2012 program in Singapore three years ago, and the other five failed to gather enough support for inclusion in London.
Each sport has a one-hour slot, with baseball making the first pitch in the closed-door presentations in Lausanne, Switzerland.
To win reinstatement for 2016, baseball must show the IOC it can deliver major league players to an Olympic tournament, while softball - a women's sport in the Olympics - is battling to return to the Games after missing out by just a single vote in 2005.
Golf, which was last played at the Olympics in 1904, proposes to return with men's and women's tournaments.
The World Karate Federation, with 180 national federations, proposes to award 10 gold medals in five classes for each of the men's and women's competitions, with the International Federation for Roller Sports hoping to stage races on city streets for men and women, but not rink hockey or skateboarding.
Rugby fell from the Olympic program in 1924 and wants to come back with the seven-a-side, shorter version of the game for men and women, rather than the more established 15-a-side competition.
Finally, the World Squash Federation hopes that television-friendly, glass-enclosed courts can counter the sport's reputation as one that struggles to translate the speed of play to viewers.


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