The World Cup would never be limited to 16 slots. It would reduce the money generated by bidding and the host country.
True, you are making my point for me.
The Olympics don’t get the best players to play because it’s 16 slots.
Not true, they don’t get the best players to play because FIFA won’t let them. Do you seriously think that if the Olympics went to a 32-team field, FIFA would change its policies and allow all the best players to participate? IOC makes the rules only after getting FIFA’s approval.
As I have said, I think baseball should be tossed from the Olympics. But to argue about whether baseball or sailing requires more athletic skills is a monumental waste of time and intellectual effort. I am out.