The International Olympic Committee has dropped wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games, a surprising decision that has bewildered athletes and fans of the longtime Olympic sport.The IOC said Tuesday that its executive board recommended excluding wrestling from its list of core sports. Wrestling still has a chance to return to the Games in 2020 via a complicated process: The IOC later this year will choose one of eight shortlisted sports—wrestling, baseball/softball, climbing, karate, roller sports, squash, wakeboarding and a Chinese martial art called wushu—to add to the 2020 program.
I wasn´t glued to the tv last Olympics - watched just a little - but when it ended, I realized I´d heard nothing of boxing. And, yeah, where was wrestling? Two one-time mainstays of the games, pure one on one contests, now all but invisible. The Olympics officially stink.
I wrestled in high school and the AAU before the joining the military in the 1950s. It was and is a clean sport where the athlete has only himself to blame for not prevailing. Good lessons for those in their formative years. Maybe they should replace it with the fruits of today´s K-12 sex education -- the only subject in which today´s kids are eager to do extra homework. The IOC is disgusting!
Wrestling saved me from becomming some wiseass punk. It gave me self-esteem and a sense of empowerment. these attributes are mentioned all the time as good but really are just words today. I have promoted wrestling because it is not a team sport and competitors wrestle those that are at the same competitive level, age and wieght. It is one of the orginal olympic sports. I have no use for the Olympics anymore they have become commonplace and boring.
My 9th grade son who wrestles is devastated. He finally understands that the world is not fair and is run by people who want to "change the world" whether or not you like it the way it is or not. I have several comments: 1. The Olympics are about money, plain and simple. Nobody is making money off of wrestling.
2. The Americans win a lot of medals in wrestling and the other countries are going to be against it for that reason.
3. There are no pretty girls or openly gay athletes in wrestling, therefore no darlings of the media.
4. Women do not watch wrestling (unless it is their own kid, then they are rabid fans!). They would rather watch those men in those faggy swimtrunks dive or gymnastics.
5. Wrestling has a winner and a loser. They cant stand that. How the hell do you tell who wins a diving contest. They all look the same, but you sure can tell when someone is pinned on the mat!
6. When an athlete reaches the pinnacle of NCAA wrestling, there is only one place to go: The olympics. When you are a champion young golfer, there are many, many venues for you to continue your career forever. You dont need olympic golf to see who is best. Just turn on the golf channel 24/7. The olympics is the only thing that college wrestlers have to dream of.
In conclusion, if it is possible, I am more disgusted than ever with the IOC.
I have to disagree with those who say that wrestlers aren´t good looking, mine is. All the Olympics are anymore is a circus. That´s what I took from the article, especially with how archery has changed their scoring: there must be drama somewhere. This isn´t about sports and athletes anymore, it´s a tv drama.
I haven´t wasted time on the olympics for many years. Once I figured out what a bleeding heart liberal is, then realized they run the olympics, I have avoided it like its a hollywood back patting party.
Now if Dwayne Johnson was "wrestling" against "input name of heel here", they would have it on prime time in the Olympics every night. I would even watch. We need to stop watching the Olympics and go on to other things. This is a sad day for the people who started this ideal. I wonder what they wanted to put in to replace it? Synchronized hugging? Jeesh......
The Olympic committee is getting more like the UN every day. Actually, I´d like to see some Ladies mud wrestling events. Or perhaps Russian women shot putters slugging it out in a snake pit. I´m with #7... who watched the last Olympics.
I am a wrestler since 7th grade. One of the most character building sports in existence. It is the least violent fighting sport. The conditioning required is unbelievable. Eliminating wrestling from the sport is like eliminating painting from an art gallery. There are so many questionable sports. Olympics are about physical conditioning. They should take all the artsy sports and put them in another category of Olympics: Water ballet. A sad day.
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