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  • Three Candidates Seek Return of Olympics Baseball


    01/30/07

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/ReynaldoGonzalez_article.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>IBAF presidential candidates Reynaldo Gonzalez and Theo Reitsma. </B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) A Caribbean IOC member, a U.S. sports business executive and a TV presenter from the Netherlands make up the field of candidates seeking to lead the International Baseball Federation back onto the Olympics program. <BR><BR>Cubas Reynaldo Gonzalez, Harvey Schiller from the U.S. and Theo Reitsma from the Netherlands were announced officially today by the IBAF in advance of the March 3 election. <BR><BR>The delegates will be electing a successor to Aldo Notari, who died last July. Tom Peng of Chinese Taipei is the acting president. <BR>Since the IOC vote in 2005 ousting baseball from the Olympics post-Beijing, leaders of the sport have been trying to find a way to bring the sport back to the Games. Olympic baseball is the goal of all three candidates. <BR><BR><B>Reynaldo Gonzalez</B> <BR><BR>Gonzalez, 59, a native of Ciego de Avila, Cuba, began his career as a teacher, later studied history, and became involved in sports management in the 1970s as a graduate student. <BR><BR>Working at the National Institute of Sport, Gonzalez became president of the Cuban Baseball Federation and Secretary General of the Cuban Olympic Committee. <BR><BR>He became a vice president of the IBAF in 1997. <BR><BR>Lopez has been a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1995 and is currently an executive with Olympic Solidarity and the Pan American Sports Organization. <BR><BR>He is nominated by Cuba for the IBAF presidency. <BR><BR><B>Theo Reitsma</B> <BR><BR>Reitsma, 65, is trained as a journalist and has become a well-known sports commentator in his country. <BR><BR>From 1969 until 2002, he worked at NOS, the Netherlands'' national news and sports TV network. Reitsma was the lead commentator <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=left border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/harveyschiller_article.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>Harvey Schiller, IBAF presidential candidate.</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>on all Olympic Games from 1972 in Munich until 2000 in Sydney. <BR><BR>During his tenure as President of the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Organization (KNBSB) from 1999, the Netherlands hosted the 2003 European championship and qualifiers for the 2004 Olympics. <BR><BR>The IBAF chose the KNBSB to organize the 2005 Baseball World Cup in Rotterdam. <BR><BR>Reitsma is nominated by The Netherlands. <BR><BR><B>Harvey Schiller</B> <BR><BR>Schiller, a New York City native and sports executive began his career as an Air Force pilot upon graduation from the Citadel in 1960. After the Air Force, he worked as a top administrator and executive of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Southeastern Conference, collegiate sport governing bodies in the United States. <BR><BR>Schiller was named United States Olympic Committee Executive Director in 1988, but resigned after 18 days for personal reasons. But he was offered the job again in 1990 and held it until 1994. <BR><BR>From 1994, he worked with Turner Broadcasting as president of sports .<BR><BR>In 2000, Schiller became Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, the owner of several New York area professional teams. The company also launched a regional TV network built around New York Yankees baseball. <BR><BR>He was chairman of the Management Committee of New York''s Olympic bid for 2012. <BR><BR>Schiller is now chairman and CEO of GlobalOptions Group, a risk management company. <BR><BR>Schillers nomination for the IBAF presidency has been presented by the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Poland. <BR><BR><B>Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.</B> <BR>