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We know that wrestling, modern pentathlon, canoeing, taekwondo and hockey were the five sports shortlisted for the ballot to be excluded from the "core" sports. Once the field of five was announced, each sport should have been given time (14, 30, 60 days?) to prepare a submission to the IOC to argue why they should be retained as a core Olympic sport. Of course, no such right was given to them.


I never thought I'd see this day come. After following 28 years of near and not so near misses, I wake up this morning to see Channel 7's Randy Hobbits announcing that the Kookaburras - Australia's men's hockey team - had won the gold medal. It was Australia's first olympic gold in men's hockey, and ended Holland's dream of a three-peat.

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