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Posted on 02/12/2013 7:39:17 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
IOC cuts wrestling from 2020 Olympics
In a shocking move, the International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling from its schedule for the 2020 Games. The unexpected decision was made via secret ballot during a Tuesday meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland where officials were discussing ways to "streamline" the Olympics.
Though many assumed modern pentathlon would get the boot, the committee instead decided to eliminate wrestling, which has roots in the ancient Greece games and has been a part of every modern Olympics since they began in 1896. The vote was completed over several rounds and the final totals were not released to the public.
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The motivation here is the rid the world of another, primarily, all male sport. Wrestling is a damn demanding sport and is an essential close quarters combat skill. No faggots allowed.
Odd..would’ve thought the IOC would be very approving of lot’sa half-naked, sweaty, man-on-man contact.
Wrestling? Since when has wrestling been in the Olympics.
Olympics has only three sports as far as I know.
Women’s Beach Vollyball
Dear Lord, please let Dan Gable be on duty at Heaven’s Gate when these IOC members die!!
Women’s Curling is undoubtedly the most demanding sport on the agenda ~
Greco-Roman Wrestling to be replaced by Pole Dancing.
It’s not really 2500 years of tradition, it’s a couple hundred years of tradition spread across 2500 years. Still pretty lame to get rid of one of the few real sports.
Wrestling was boring anyway-just my opinion.
Never could really understand why someone would want participate in a sport in which you subject yourself to be tied up like a pretzel with the potential of your face planted in another man’s sweaty crotch or armpit(s).
Sorry, not my cup of tea!
My son's wrestled in high school and it is one demanding and skilled sport that dates back to the original Olympics. This is damned shame!
squash??? wushu??? wake boarding???
Great...now there might be room in the venue for Transgender sports.
I’m guessing the worldwide wrestling organization hasn’t been paying bribes at a high enough level.
we can thank the title ix fiasco.
Even local S. Koreans appear to be shocked. Sure it is a kind of nice that Taekwondo survived, but to them, dropping wrestling from games is simply ridiculous. There are so many fluff games we can do without.
I normally don't get worked up about anything that happens in sports (other than in baseball), but you're right. Wrestling is the most ancient, universal sport in history and an integral part of both the ancient and modern Olympics. This decision is an abomination.
And don’t forget the pretty horsies. :)
One of the remaining “original” Olympic games sports... Sigh...
Will they drop track and field next?
It’s all about TV ratings. Why would anyone want to watch Olympic baseball?
this is so wrong!
The Olympics just jumped the shark....
Along with Cael Sanderson.
Woo-hoo, gangnam style!
I didn’t really need another reason to continue ignoring the Olympic Games, but they’ve given me one anyway. Costas, Up Close and Personal, Gymnastics, Equestrian, Beach Volleyball, Synchronized Swimming, corruption in the boxing matches...you get the point.
It’s all about catering to women viewers.
Good Lord, what is wrong with these people? They are only rivaled by the Nobel Prize Committee in their stupidity. Water ballet stays, wrestling goes. Boycott these assholes.
I think the Polish team would clean up in that event.
The only silver lining is that this will tick off the Iranians, since they are one of the best wrestling countries.
Guess you couldn’t hack it. Hardest sport in the world. Muggers will have an easy time when they target you.
I agree. And it is a great individual sport. They should get rid of tennis. And beach volleyball.
But it is clear they care most about making money, not about fostering a unique athletic competition.
All I can say is, if the winter olympics gets rid of curling, they will be dead to me. I already hardly watch the summer olympics, although it’s nice to occasionally catch some event like water polo or velodrome bike racing.
And I actually enjoyed the archery this past year.
Something had to go to make room for golf.
“Wrestling was boring anyway-just my opinion.”
That is simply not true!!
Go watch a good college wresting meet; you would be amazed at the athleticism of these guys.
I was able to watch everyone of Cael Sandersons meets when he wrestled at Iowa State. Just an incredible athlete; the only wrestler to ever go undefeated in college competition.
It wasn’t just his matches that were exciting; the other weights were also very exciting to watch. I always wondered; why are not more people here watching
Yeah, Synchronized Swimming is so much more exciting. /s
Not a personal wrestling fan but I know some kids who wrestle and it is a serious sport. And tradition alone should keep this classic in the Games. Yet equestrian sports, beach volleyball, and rhythmic gymnastics are still in?
My favorite sport to watch is men’s gymnastics. I get to watch it every day. These guys take nearly a year to get ready for their short season of competition. Nobody has the strength and flexibility of gymnasts. None of the young men that I know enjoy the uniforms as fashion -— they are from all walks of life and practice in basketball shorts. Some dress a little gangsta. They just have to wear form fitting uniforms so you can see how straight and “one piece” they make their bodies. It is NOT easy to do that.
I wish men’s gymnastics are more popular among Americans. Go to your local college or even club meet. They are long, so don’t stay for the whole thing, or come late so you can see the awards at the end. It’s a cheap way to see what cirque de soleil will show you for $150. Plus you can see 14 year olds doing it! Wow! You will see such courage as guys fall off yet have to get back up and complete their routines even with the huge point loss. Sometimes more than once in a routine.
22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacobs hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, Let me go, for it is daybreak.
But Jacob replied, I will not let you go unless you bless me.
Just how many of the other Olympic Sports has God participated in?
so they dump baseball, softabll and wrestling but keep ping pong and badminton? What are they going to add next, croquet?
Not Pole Smoking ?
That's just for Kevin in California.