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Olympics drop wrestling.

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by Anonymousreply 5002/19/2013

Olympics Moves to Drop Wrestling in 2020


Wrestling, one of the most ancient and elemental Olympic sports, was removed from the Summer Games in a stunning and widely criticized decision Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee.

Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling will be contested at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but they will be excluded from the 2020 Summer Games, which have not yet been awarded, the I.O.C. said Tuesday.

There is a chance that the Olympic committee can change its mind at a meeting in May, when it considers the 26th sport to add to the 2020 Games, but wrestling’s future seems doubtful at the moment, according to veteran observers of the Games.

Tuesday’s decision to drop wrestling was made by secret ballot by the Olympic committee’s executive board at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Reasons for the decision were not given in precise detail.

In recent years, however, the I.O.C. has expressed concern about the growing size of the Summer Games and has wanted to cap the number of athletes at about 10,500. It has also said it wants to draw younger viewers among the international television audience. Among the sports that wrestling must compete with for future inclusion in the Games are climbing and wakeboarding. The I.O.C. may have also grown frustrated that Greco-Roman wrestling did not have any events for women, experts said. Women began participating in freestyle wrestling at the 2004 Athens Games.

Surviving Tuesday’s vote was modern pentathlon, a threatened and less popular sport than wrestling, but one that was invented by Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Games, and supported by the son of former I.O.C. president Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Mark Adams, a spokesman for the I.O.C., told reporters in Lausanne that “this is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics.” He added: “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.”

But the dropping of wrestling surprised many.

“I think this is a really stupid decision,” the Olympic historian David Wallechinsky said. “It was in the ancient Olympics. It has been in the modern Olympics since 1896. In London, 29 different countries won medals. This is a popular sport.”

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by Anonymousreply 302/12/2013

The NRA would never let them drop Modern Pentathlon.

by Anonymousreply 402/12/2013

His Most Exalted Excellency, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Juan Antonio Samaranch has his stinky fingers in a lot of pies.

by Anonymousreply 502/12/2013

A very stupid decision.

by Anonymousreply 602/12/2013

Omg. How idiotic, wresting is one of the most Olympic sports out there.

I suppose beach volleyball remains?

by Anonymousreply 702/12/2013

So horse-dancing is an Olympic sport, but wrestling isn't?

by Anonymousreply 802/12/2013

If this is actually happening, the olympics is over. Period. It's aleady become contrived. Turning into the Corporate reality show called "Extreme Competitions; Olympic Style" with the purchased competitors from various bought countries.

by Anonymousreply 902/12/2013

The sponsorship landscape must look really good for wakeboarding and climbing.

Well, at least this starts to clear the path for the introduction of the video-game competition.

by Anonymousreply 1002/12/2013

Notice how the corporate-aired olympics hardly covers the most traditional Olympic competitions, only the wacky fringe shit anyway. It's like everything else in this awful money-before-all-else world of shit encrusted corporate assholes.

by Anonymousreply 1102/12/2013

Wrestling is a clean, disciplined sport. It's primal and the most physical of sports, but technique and strategy are key. It's great for character and confidence building in kids. What a stupid decision.

by Anonymousreply 1202/12/2013

Wrestling doesn't involve any equipment and therefore nobody can make money off it. Duh. Sometimes you guys don't see the forest for the trees. R10 sees it but it put rather obliquely. I'll bet they start chopping events from track and field next.

by Anonymousreply 1302/12/2013

They dropped baseball because it is a North and Latin American sport. Also played in Japan but I assume not popular elsewhere. How popular is wrestling outside the US?

by Anonymousreply 1402/12/2013

How about a DL sponsored international wrestling competition right here in the US? What could we provide as prizes for winning?

by Anonymousreply 1502/12/2013

Wresting is very popular world-wide.

by Anonymousreply 1602/12/2013

Probably is homophobia.

The IOC are fascist bigots.

by Anonymousreply 1702/12/2013

I would love to see DL dudes wrestling in their caftans.

by Anonymousreply 1802/12/2013

Wrestling was dropped by secret ballot. It is possible that the decision could be reversed in May when they vote on the 26th sport. The committee wants to contain the number of participants fearing the Olympics have gown too large. Wrestling is an amateur sport, no professional participants, no profits and no super stars. I think the no super star provision is key here. They have to pay for this ever increasing shit over hyped profit making shit. I would prefer amateur Olympics but that was abandoned because of all the cheating from the Eastern Bloc in particular and inability to monitor.

by Anonymousreply 1902/12/2013

This is an inapprpriate and unwarranted decision by the IOC. Part of the Olympics is to honor history and the roots of the Olympics. Wrestling has been part of the Games since ancient times. It should be preserved.

by Anonymousreply 2002/12/2013

I sense a New Coke/Classic Coke-style controversy looming: new Olympics, old Olympics...

Of course the Coca Cola Company eventually dropped New Coke and just quietly changed their Classic Coke recipe to their HFCS New Coke formula anyway. Hah! Gotcha suckers!

Olympic wrestling is doomed, if not now then later.

by Anonymousreply 2102/12/2013

As long as they keep rhythmic gymnastics!

by Anonymousreply 2202/12/2013

Outside the US, wrestling is popular in Muslim countries, particularly in the Middle East, as well as Turkey. And Eastern Europe. Elsewhere, it's not popular at all.

by Anonymousreply 2302/12/2013

Just make it nude wrestling and televise it on HBO.

by Anonymousreply 2402/12/2013

The horse people are expecting the equestrian events to be dropped. Their events are very expensive to stage, and don't deliver TV ratings.

by Anonymousreply 2502/12/2013

R25 Neigh, neigh!

by Anonymousreply 2602/12/2013

I'm sure Ralfalca and I helped the Olympic ratings.

by Anonymousreply 2702/12/2013

I've no doubt NBC and other international networks grea$ed the palms of the corrupt IOC to make this happen. There is going to be a backlash and they'll have to reinstate wrestling. It might get poor ratings, but wrestling is fundamental to the Olympic games.

And you can't tell me more people are going to tune in just because they add wakeboarding.

by Anonymousreply 2802/12/2013

R23, India as well, so there's a huge chunk of humankind all told.

Wrestling is one of the seminal Olympic sports. It's impossible to think someone(s) could be so boneheaded as to consider dropping it.

by Anonymousreply 2902/12/2013

we've known they've been corrupt for years but this is the ultimate: doing away with one of the historic sports because they can't make money from it. Whores, all of them.

by Anonymousreply 3002/12/2013

I found having to observe penised-persons and their flopping junk offensive so I petitioned the Olympic Committee to have wrestling removed. Score ONE for me and my fellow womyn.

by Anonymousreply 3102/12/2013

Maybe they could revive the "Set An Old Crone On Fire" competition for Nan, to bring back that medieval flavor often missing from the Olympics.

by Anonymousreply 3202/12/2013

This wrestling news moved the Pope to the back burner.

by Anonymousreply 3302/12/2013

Drop the equestrian events unless you're going to start giving medals to the horses.

I miss baseball. :/

by Anonymousreply 3402/12/2013

If they want ratings, they should take wrestling back to its origins, and make the players wrestle nude like they did in the ancient games.

Who's with me?

by Anonymousreply 3502/13/2013

[quote]The I.O.C. may have also grown frustrated that Greco-Roman wrestling did not have any events for women,

Rhythmic gymnastics is women only, no men.

Synchronized swimming is women only, no men.


by Anonymousreply 3602/13/2013

R28, they don't just stage the Olympics for the shit coverage you get in the States. Every country in the world watches.

by Anonymousreply 3702/13/2013

and yet bmx biking, beach volleyball, and table tennis remains?

by Anonymousreply 3802/13/2013

One of the most important events in the ancient Olympic Games was equestrian - chariot-racing.

by Anonymousreply 3902/13/2013

Someone told me that there is a big lobby to have Baton Twirling added as an Olympic Event.

by Anonymousreply 4002/13/2013

Modern Pentathlon

Synchronised Swimming

Beach Volleyball

Artistic Gymnastics


Should all be dropped.

by Anonymousreply 4102/13/2013

[quote]Wrestling is a clean, disciplined sport. It's primal and the most physical of sports, but technique and strategy are key. It's great for character and confidence building in kids. What a stupid decision.

Says someone who knows NOTHING about the reality of cutting weight in wrestling.

by Anonymousreply 4202/13/2013

Haha, cutting weight in wresting is small potatoes.

by Anonymousreply 4302/13/2013

tae kwon do also needs to be dropped. wrestling is way more combative then that.

by Anonymousreply 4402/13/2013

[quote]tae kwon do also needs to be dropped. wrestling is way more combative then that.

There are also more interesting martial arts, which I'd watch, than Taekwondo and Judo. I don't really care much about wrestling or boxing, either.

by Anonymousreply 4502/13/2013

Yes, R37, and all of those international networks also want big ratings. What is your point?

by Anonymousreply 4602/13/2013

A news report on NPR this morning said that Turkey is making major objections to the dropping of wrestling.

by Anonymousreply 4702/15/2013

A gay conspiracy is responsible for the vote to remove wrestling from the Olympics, according to this nutjob.

by Anonymousreply 4802/15/2013

[quote] A gay conspiracy is responsible for the vote to remove wrestling from the Olympics

He is referencing gay porn scenes like this set of pics below

by Anonymousreply 4902/15/2013

This was a sports topic on radio several times over the holiday weekend.

by Anonymousreply 5002/19/2013
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