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Since its creation in 2006, the World Baseball Classic has helped develop popularity of baseball around the world. The same can be done with the Olympics.
Fans sharing nationalities with teams like Cuba, South Korea, Japan, United States, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic have flocked around television sets, stadiums, stores and other gathering places to support their nation. The success of the WBC is a strong example supporting the cause for allowing baseball to be played on the much larger, international and Olympic stage.
The main detriment is the difficulty of receiving players from Major League Baseball and Asian leagues to participate in the Olympics, as the WBC has found ways to work around the grueling schedules.
In the past, the United States has used amateur and college players to form their rosters, much like was done in other sports—most notably hockey, in which the United States won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Comparing hockey to baseball is difficult, but the theory that college players and amateurs had the ability to compete with the best teams in the world proves that the lack of professional players will in no way affect a nation's ability to compete.
Baseball is no different, as future professionals will have the ability to compete and the Olympics can find success, just as the World Baseball Classic has.