Softball, baseball bidding to return to Olympics

Here's a look at sports that were dropped from the Games and returned, and others that haven't come back.
by Michael Baldwin Published: February 12, 2013

Weightlifting: Dropped (1912); Returned (1920)

DISCONTINUED OLYMPIC SPORTS

Baseball (2012); cricket (1904); croquet (1904); lacrosse (1912); jeu de paume (1912); polo (1940); rackets (1912); roque (1928); softball (2012); tug of war (1924).

DEMONSTRATION SPORTS (SUMMER)

Summer demonstration sports that were never included as official Olympic sports: American football (1932); Australian rules football (1956); ballooning (1900); bowling (1988); boules (1900); budo (1964); Finnish baseball (1952); glima (1912); gliding (1936); kaatsen (1928); korfball (1920 & 1928); lacanne (1924); surf lifesaving (1900); longue paume (1900); roller hockey (1992); savate (1924); Swedish gymnastics (1948); weight training (1904); water skiing (1972).

DEMONSTRATION SPORTS (WINTER)

Winter demonstration sports that were never included as official Olympic sports: bandy (1952); disabled alpine skiing (1984 & 1988); disabled cross-country skiing (1988); ice stock (1936 & 1964); military patrol (1928, 1936 & 1948); ski ballet (1988 & 1992); skijoring (1928); sled-dog racing (1932); speed skiing (1992) and winter pentathlon (1948).

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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