Skip to comments.Disgrace : IOC recommends to cut wrestling from 2020 Olympics
Posted on 02/12/2013 3:46:25 AM PST by sunmars
Wrestling should be removed from the 2020 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee's Executive Board recommended on Tuesday as it looks to revamp the Games sports programme.
Wrestling, contested in the first modern Olympics in 1896, will join a list of seven other candidate sports battling for one spot on the programme. It is very unlikely, however, that wrestling will get back in.
The IOC session in Buenos Aires in September will still need to ratify the decision.
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Disgusted that one of the founding ancient sports from Ancient Greece is to be dumped.
The Olympic games have become unwatchable, thanks to corruption, as well as anabolic steroids. I won’t miss the Olympics. Probably the last time I took an interest in the games was probably about 2004.
I bet they kept badminton.
Yeah, anyone know what other sports are on the cut list? I’ve been hopeful that women’s softball will make it back in the games. However, it appears to me that the IOC’s main criteria for what sport should be cut is whether or not its dominated by te U.S. if yes, then it’s a candidate for the chopping block. And so it goes....
Indeed, this is a huge blow to all our upcoming wrestlers who set their eyes on the olympic gold. It seems they are setting their sights on sports that favour the chinese or other asians, anyone but the americans.
125 medals have been won by the US in this sport, Russia will be pissed too as will Turkey, Sweden and scandanavians.
So wrestling is being dropped for this lot.....
squash, roller sports - who both failed in their bids in 2009 - karate, wushu, which is very popular at the Asian Games, the nautical sport wakeboard and sport climbing.
Squash and karate are generally seen to be leading the race to win the sole spot for the 2020 Games which will be held in either Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul.
Guess whichever one the chinese want they will get.
The Olympics has become just another business to generate TV revenue, and to hammer political propaganda into the audience. I feel very sorry people who have grown up dreaming of competing and training to be there, but they are being utterly exploited for others to make huge dollars on a phony political stage.
Unreal. Wrestling was one of the ORIGINAL Olympic sports. That just disgusts me.
What are they replacing it with...flag turning? Honestly.
wow, my wrestling nephews will probably be bummed to hear this. I have no idea if they have any Olympic aspirations but jeez. How can you dump such a classical sport?
Is there some kind of law saying we HAVE to, for all eternity, hold the olympics every damn two years? It used to be four. It’s become an industry. What does Zeus have over us that we now just HAVE to have the olympics? Says who? I don’t give a rat’s as* about the stupid olympics. Enough already! Then again I’m one of those grumps who thinks birthdays should stop being celebrated after age 12 so...
They are still only held every four years each. They just staggered the Winter and summer games so that they don’t occur together in the same year. I actually kind of prefer it that way myself.
figures. They barely televised coverage of the sport as it was. I know this will make you mad :(
We can only hope that the pillow fighting contest isn’t scotched.
“Guess whichever one the chinese want they will get.”
1. Drunken iPhone assembly
2. Knock-off smuggling.
3. Wu Wei synchronized crashing.
Wow, this sucks. I’m assuming this will apply to both modern wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling. I’ve always found the latter to be one of the more exciting competitions in the games.
I wonder how much longer that skiing and shooting event will last.
One of the original things the ancients did. Wow! Maybe a Dancing With The Stars activity will be added?
They keep dancing(floor routines) but eliminate wrestling. Sheesh.
I never knew it was ever anything else.
Why don’t they drop the “O” and just call it the Lympic games then?
They also tend to be a tremendous financial burden to the cities they are held in. The ‘Bird’s nest’ stadium from the 2008 Beijing Olympics is now abandoned, and I don’t think that Greece has fully recovered from the 2004 Olympics. History will probably show the Olympics as being mostly a 20th century thing, from 1896 to 2020
The IOC now recognized ballroom dancing as a competitive sport..soon we’ll have DWTOS..(Dancing with the Olympic Stars)
Or, they could just drop all the wasteful pomp and - you know - make it about the sports again. Drop the “inclusion” bullcrap and only let the BEST athletes compete - that would also cut down on the massive expense.
You forgot execution style shooting and speed liver and kidney extractions!
But wrestling isn't. A number of Middle Eastern teams dominate. Among them Iran.
Second, now that we have The Big Ten Network in HD...who needs to go hunting for Olympic wrestling? I'd rather watch Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State or Illinois any day. Much better competition.
Such as The Iron Shiek!!!
Haha! Yeah. You're an old fart like me to remember him.
I call memories like that the Fruits of a Misspent Youth....in front of the TV on late Saturday mornings.
So far as athletic training goes it's the absolute best thing there is for young men, which probably has something to do with this decision.
Say what? I'm familiar with the differences between karate and taekwondo, but in the sport/olympic version of each... can someone 'splain the difference in the two to me?
Why have one when you already have the other, except for some nationalistic pride on the part of the originating countries involved?
While the U.S. is always competitive in wrestling, it hardly dominates. In London, the U.S. was sixth in the medal count (fifth in number of golds), behind Russia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Iran and Georgia.
As someone who has wrestled, this is terrible. Ping pong gets to stay but not wrestling. As if my hatred for the IOC couldn’t grow anymore!
Jordan introduces resolution opposing Olympic decision to drop wrestling
2/15/2013 9:18:53 AM
By Bill Tipple
Congressman Jim Jordan,(R-Urbana), along with fellow Congressmen Tim Walz (MN) and Dave Loebsack (IA) filed a resolution in the House of Representatives Thursday expressing their opposition to the International Olympic Committees decision to drop wrestling as a core sport.
Wrestling defines the Olympic spirit like no other sport. The IOC got this one dead wrong, and their decision threatens to extinguish the dreams of countless American athletes. I look forward to working with my friends in the wrestling community toward reversing this ruling, said Representative Jordan.
Mr. Jordan won four state titles at Graham and was a two-time national champion at Wisconsin. His brother, Jeff, is the head wrestling coach at Graham.
The decision by the International Olympic Committee to drop wresting is baffling. The history of collegiate and Olympic wrestling runs through Iowa. From Dan Gable and Tom Brands to Cael Sanderson and Jake Varner, Iowa has represented the sport with determination and the hard work it takes to succeed in life and sport. I will continue to work with my colleagues to change this ruling on behalf of Iowas, and Americas, storied wrestling history, said Rep. Loebsack.
I am disappointed by the IOCs decision to eliminate wrestling from the Olympic Games. Minnesota has a storied and rich wrestling heritage. This is especially true in southern Minnesota where wrestling gives students the confidence, courage, and work ethic it takes to be successful not only in the sport, but also in life. I urge the IOC to reconsider their decision and reinstate wrestling as a core sport of the Summer Games, said Rep. Walz.
Wrestling has been a core sport in the Olympics since 1896.
Wrestling is one of the toughest athletic activities.
The pussification continues.