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Wrestling dropped from 2020 Games
ESPN ^ | February 12, 2013, 1:58 PM ET

Posted on 02/12/2013 11:10:28 AM PST by BenLurkin

Tags: IOC, 2020 Olympics, Daniel Cormier

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program on Tuesday, a surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games.

The IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon -- the event considered most at risk -- and remove wrestling instead from its list of 25 "core sports."

The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.

Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.

"This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. "In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It's not a case of what's wrong with wrestling, it is what's right with the 25 core sports."

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: athletes; olympic2020; olympics; sports; wrestling
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Good grief.
1 posted on 02/12/2013 11:10:34 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

1896?! Heck, it goes back to the 5th century BC!


2 posted on 02/12/2013 11:12:28 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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The 25 sports are: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.

http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-executive-board-recommends-25-core-sports-for-2020-games/190772


3 posted on 02/12/2013 11:13:26 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

But, gymnastic dancing is a sport?


4 posted on 02/12/2013 11:13:31 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: BenLurkin
Oh nose! No rustlin?!


5 posted on 02/12/2013 11:14:08 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Cowboy Bob

No, but ping pong and canoeing supposedly are!


6 posted on 02/12/2013 11:14:19 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Cut Olympic wrestling but keep horse dancing/dressage. F the IOC!


7 posted on 02/12/2013 11:16:07 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: BenLurkin

But Badminton, dancing, ping-pong (uh “table tennis”) and the abomination called “rhythmic gymnastics” are “sports.”


8 posted on 02/12/2013 11:17:18 AM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

What about pocket billiards?


9 posted on 02/12/2013 11:18:37 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BenLurkin

Wrestling is a queer activity.


10 posted on 02/12/2013 11:19:08 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: BenLurkin

“No, but ping pong and canoeing supposedly are!”

I’m going to take a wild guess and say wrestling was cut because it’s just too aggressive for liberal sensibilities.


11 posted on 02/12/2013 11:19:45 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: BenLurkin
To be replaced with Hacky Sack.,


12 posted on 02/12/2013 11:20:24 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: BenLurkin

table tennis? They kept ping-pong as an olympic sport but phased out wrestling?


13 posted on 02/12/2013 11:21:17 AM PST by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: Tau Food

“Wrestling is a queer activity.”

Then you must have spent years and years wrestling?


14 posted on 02/12/2013 11:21:29 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: BenLurkin
table tennis?

badminton?

basketball?

Give me a break.

15 posted on 02/12/2013 11:24:02 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: TexasCajun

Combine shooting and archery with dressage.

Call it the Cavalry.


16 posted on 02/12/2013 11:24:59 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: brownsfan
Some guys enjoy rolling around on the floor in the arms of another man.

Some don't.

I'm in the latter group.

17 posted on 02/12/2013 11:24:59 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Tau Food

“Wrestling is a queer activity.”

So do you have homosexual thoughts often when watching wrestling?


18 posted on 02/12/2013 11:25:50 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: BenLurkin

Last Olympics I watched, I didn’t think there was any other sport except beach volleyball. That’s all I ever saw when I turned it on.


19 posted on 02/12/2013 11:25:53 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: Tau Food

Nonsense.


20 posted on 02/12/2013 11:27:33 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Combine shooting and archery with dressage.

Call it the Cavalry.

Post of the day!

21 posted on 02/12/2013 11:28:09 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: BenLurkin

You’d think, given the leftist weenies that govern the IOC, that they’d love to keep a sport featuring sweaty men rolling around on the floor with each other.


22 posted on 02/12/2013 11:28:15 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: Tau Food

Some people are so stupid it’s amazing that they remember to breathe.

Some aren’t.

I’m in the latter group. You’ve shown yourself to be in the former.


23 posted on 02/12/2013 11:28:15 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: BenLurkin

Tough to have high TV ratings when its never on. If that’s one of the criteria half of the “sports” would be gone. Wrestling was one of the few remaining actual sports. Seems the IOC is trying to turn the Olympics into a more mainstram X Games. While its a niche sport for wrestlers and parents tradition should not be overlooked. Golf should never have gotten in and wrestling never eliminated. And I loves me some golf, just don’t think its worthy of a Gold Medal.


24 posted on 02/12/2013 11:28:39 AM PST by CPONuke
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To: BenLurkin
Why do we even have the Olympics?? Every sport has it's own money making business. International competition is a waste of everyone's time. If you're good, you're good.

One year this one wins, the next year another one wins etc etc...

Every sport is doping. Every judge is subject to bribes.

My all time favorite will always be....The guy steps up and addresses the ball: "How do you do sir?" Then he clubs "sir" to death....again and again and again...and wins a lot of money if he clubs his "sir" better than the next guy.

25 posted on 02/12/2013 11:29:54 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Combine shooting and archery with dressage. Call it the Cavalry.

Or Equestrienne Biathalon.

26 posted on 02/12/2013 11:31:09 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: CPONuke

The sports should have something to do with historical daily or at least occasional living activities. (They should add some rodeo events and get rid of hoops and golf.)


27 posted on 02/12/2013 11:33:16 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: freedumb2003

A friend read an article yesterday that said they are considering adding skateboarding and wake-boadring. That will fit right in with synchronized swimming.


28 posted on 02/12/2013 11:35:10 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: kevkrom
"Or Equestrienne Biathalon. "

Cowboys and Indians.

Posse vs. Rustlers

29 posted on 02/12/2013 11:36:04 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

Imbeciles. The IOC and The United Nations are two sides of the same bogus coin.

Related...

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2013/02/disgrace-ioc-recommends-to-cut.html


30 posted on 02/12/2013 11:36:21 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: BenLurkin
Out of that list the only ones that come close to being as "core" as wrestling are athletics and weightlifting. Boxing comes close, but the international side of that sport is so disgraced that it makes me wish we still only had to deal with throwing out "soviet judge's" score.

Seriously. Handball, field hockey, badminton, table tennis? By the way, table tennis people hate it when you call it ping pong.

31 posted on 02/12/2013 11:38:09 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Log rolling would be more entertaining.


32 posted on 02/12/2013 11:38:09 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

33 posted on 02/12/2013 11:40:58 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BenLurkin

Bring back synchronized swimming...that was a real pants wetter to watch...almost as exciting as curling.


34 posted on 02/12/2013 11:45:23 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: BenLurkin

This is what the IOC shoud replace wrestling with:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pankration


35 posted on 02/12/2013 11:51:39 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Nope, too much testosterone involved. We need more synchronized swimming, dressage, and ribbon dancing.


36 posted on 02/12/2013 11:54:43 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: BenLurkin

too bad. outside of gymnastics, that was the only sport left in the olympics of interest to me (being a participant in my youth). oh well, socialism, doesn’t play well with the individual sport of wrestling.


37 posted on 02/12/2013 12:04:35 PM PST by dadfly
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To: BenLurkin

Isn’t this THE original Olympic sport??


38 posted on 02/12/2013 12:07:14 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: BenLurkin

Only pussy sportie stuff will be allowed.


39 posted on 02/12/2013 12:08:35 PM PST by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: brownsfan

and taekwondo isn’t??


40 posted on 02/12/2013 12:09:00 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: US Navy Vet

Interesting stuff. Very “real world”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pankration


41 posted on 02/12/2013 12:09:55 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Another IOC sucks moment! Wrestling to be replaced by some baton twirling gay game? Something the Chinese can compete in without turning their female athletes into men maybe?
Shall I continue?


42 posted on 02/12/2013 12:25:08 PM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites. is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: The Great RJ
almost as exciting as curling.

It took 34 replies to have someone mention my favorite "sport" of curling. < /sarc>

43 posted on 02/12/2013 12:25:45 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: BenLurkin

Wrestling is just too violent of a sport. These violent activities must end. Don’t you know.


44 posted on 02/12/2013 12:45:58 PM PST by Patriot365
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To: USNBandit
" table tennis people hate it when you call it ping pong. "

Do they ever play on grass or clay?

45 posted on 02/12/2013 12:51:55 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Sacajaweau
"Why do we even have the Olympics??"

A necessary venue for passing out free condoms?

46 posted on 02/12/2013 12:53:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

The 6 people who still follow modern pentathlon must have bribed the IOC some major $$$. Jim Thorpe won Gold in MP in 1912 and no one has cared since


47 posted on 02/12/2013 12:54:26 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Paladin2
Do they ever play on grass or clay?

Grass ping pong table?


48 posted on 02/12/2013 12:57:02 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BenLurkin; All

The Olympics was so much that was good. It was a search for excellence in the human activities, the search for honor, and a search for competition for its own sake.

If you walk next to the original Olympic Stadium which still stands, you see a row of statues, names still visible carved into the bases, not to the victors to memorialize the greatness of their accomplishments, but rather to the cheaters, to record forever the shame of their cheating. The shame was eternal.

The winners received laurels which were wreaths around their heads to wear on the way home and thus show the honors of their victories. The gift was of fleeting moment, but the highest personal honor.

Now, we honor the winners with modern day statues in the forms of gifts of money and contracts, to try to give them everlasting fame, and we fleetingly shame the cheaters by giving them a temporary thistle of shame, which withers, dies and blows away, never to be remembered.

The Olympics were to compete in a field of honor, and politics were set aside, so as to allow safe passage through enemy territory for the purpose of the competition and for safe return.

Now, the politics guide the Olympics, wars are not suspended for their ceremony, and it is nothing more than a commercial enterprise on an international scale.

I am sad that wrestling has ended, but I am more sad that the Olympic Spirit died long ago, anyway.

As go the Olympics, so goes civilization, one a mirror of the other.


49 posted on 02/12/2013 12:58:38 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Revolting cat!

It’s a totally different game. ;-)


50 posted on 02/12/2013 1:02:21 PM PST by Paladin2
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