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DOHA (Kyodo) Organizers for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha have dropped baseball and softball from their draft competition schedule presented to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

Baseball dropped from 2006 schedule DOHA (Kyodo) Organizers for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha have dropped baseball and softball from their draft competition schedule presented to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

The list, revealed at Thursday’s OCA executive meeting in Kuwait, includes the triathlon and chess as new events but modern pentathlon, bodybuilding, canoeing, rowing and rugby — all part of last year’s games in Pusan, South Korea — have also been dropped.

“We have to take their draft plans into consideration, but I told them baseball and softball are very important sports in Asia,” said Japanese Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda, who is also chief coordinator for the 2006 Asian Games in the Qatar capital.

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