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IOC president: Baseball unlikely to return without top stars

Updated: August 23, 2008, 6:46 AM ET
Reuters

BEIJING -- IOC president Jacques Rogge hinted Saturday that baseball will not return as an Olympic sport until major league players are allowed to take part.

"We have [Roger] Federer, [Rafael] Nadal in tennis, LeBron James in basketball," Rogge told MLB.com. "We have the best cyclists. Ronaldinho is here in football.

"We want these guys at the Games.

"We're not saying it should be an entire Major League team, but we want the top athletes here at the Olympics."

Rogge made ...

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