The best place for the media to meet IOC members these past few days in Singapore has been inside the toilets on the fourth floor of the Raffles City Convention Centre. While most areas have been barred to journalists hoping to get an insider's view on what was going on, Singaporean organisers had overlooked this convenient meeting place and there was a free, and sometimes hot, flow of information coming out of the stalls in-between breaks in the IOC Session. We were rubbing shoulders with Juan Antonio Samaranch the other day, but even he did not have a clue as to which sport would get in to the 2012 Olympics after baseball and softball had been tossed out of the summer programme. During his heyday as president, the IOC never undertook the herculean task of cutting sports from its programme. Instead, more and more sports kept being added on, until the Olympics had become gigantic and was running out of control in terms of the cost of staging the games. All that changed when Jacques Rogge took over the reins from Samaranch in 2001. One of his first big decisions, the following year at an IOC Session in Mexico, was to impose a limit on the number of sports, athletes and events. Rogge said there would be only 28 sports, 10,500 athletes and 301 events. He also suggested on that occasion that baseball, softball and modern pentathlon should be dropped from the Olympics. But this was met with a wave of indignation, not only from these sports, but from others too, frightened at the prospect that one day, they too could be asked to go. The unexpected opposition to his proposal led to Rogge setting up the Olympic Programme Commission whose brief was to review the summer Olympic programme and report on all 28 existing sports and the five new hopefuls. They came out with a comprehensive 265-page document which stated the pros and cons of each sport. So when the voting began on Thursday, all IOC members had the information as to which sports did not fit into the programme. As such, baseball and softball were thrown out. This was expected. What followed was unexpected with none of the five hopefuls - golf, rugby, squash, roller sports and karate - being voted in to fill the two vacancies. It was a kick in the teeth to be rejected, more so for squash and karate, which had been shortlisted by members. But these two then failed to get the required two-thirds majority needed to get rule 46 of the Olympic Charter amended - and become an Olympic sport. Karate got only 38 'yes' votes, falling short of the 70 needed (there were 101 valid ballots. Squash fared a little better, receiving 39 'yes' votes. The IOC members, who had earlier wanted change (booting out baseball and softball), could not come up to the plate when it came to two new sports to be admitted. Canada's Dick Pound summed it up best when he said: 'We've lost two sports and done nothing to replace them'. Rugby had had high hopes of becoming a medal sport in 2012, especially after London won the right to host the Games. But their hopes were cruelly dashed. One could almost see Rogge, a former Belgium international, wanting to come out and make a personal plea on behalf of rugby, but IOC etiquette - where the president remains neutral - prevented him from doing so. When British IOC member Craig Reedie, who was not bound by such rules, asked his fellow-members to vote sports that are 'popular in my country', a smile spread across the face of Rogge. But perhaps this plea might have been counter-productive and worked against rugby. Those members who had voted against London for 2012 - London beat Paris 54-50 - might have felt they needed to teach London a lesson and voted 'no' to rugby. A real shame, for rugby sevens would have been one sport that would have added excitement to the Olympics. But sadly, rugby's hopes were flushed down the toilet.