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Gary is going to be mad. Wrestling dropped from Olympic Program. A sport? Yes or No?

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  1. Teeney

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    [h=1]IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Games[/h]
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    Updated Feb 12, 2013 9:56 AM ET



    [h=3]LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP)[/h] 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.

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    ''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.''
    Adams said the decision was made by secret ballot over several rounds, with members voting each time on which sport should not be included in the core group. IOC President Jacques Rogge did not vote.
    Wrestling was voted out from a final group that also included modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey, officials familiar with the vote told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the voting details were not made public.
    The board voted after reviewing a report by the IOC program commission report that analyzed 39 criteria, including television ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity. With no official rankings or recommendations contained in the report, the final decision by the 15-member board was also subject to political, emotional and sentimental factors.
    The international wrestling federation, known by the French acronym FILA, is headed by Raphael Martinetti and is based in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. Calls to the federation for comment were not immediately returned.
    Wrestling featured 344 athletes competing in 11 medal events in freestyle and seven in Greco-Roman at last year's London Olympics. Women's wrestling was added to the Olympics at the 2004 Athens Games.
    Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion in 2020. The others are a combined bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu. They will be vying for a single opening in 2020.
    The IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, to decide which sport or sports to propose for 2020 inclusion. The final vote will be made at the IOC session, or general assembly, in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    It is extremely unlikely that wrestling would be voted back in so soon after being removed by the executive board.
    ''Today's decision is not final,'' Adams said. ''The session is sovereign and the session will make the final decision.''
    The last sports removed from the Olympics were baseball and softball, voted out by the IOC in 2005 and off the program since the 2008 Beijing Games. Golf and rugby will be joining the program at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
    Previously considered under the closest scrutiny was modern pentathlon, which has been on the Olympic program since the 1912 Stockholm Games. It was created by French baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, and combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting.
    Klaus Schormann, president of governing body UIPM, lobbied hard to protect his sport's Olympic status and it paid off in the end.
    ''We have promised things and we have delivered,'' he said after Tuesday's decision. ''That gives me a great feeling. It also gives me new energy to develop our sport further and never give up.''
    Modern pentathlon also benefited from the work of Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the son of the former IOC president who is a UIPM vice president and member of the IOC board.
    ''We were considered weak in some of the scores in the program commission report but strong in others,'' Samaranch told the AP. ''We played our cards to the best of our ability and stressed the positives. Tradition is one of our strongest assets, but we are also a multi-sport discipline that produces very complete people.''
     
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    That's a shame, as a former high school wrestler, once upon a time the Olympics was the ultimate prize in wrestling. It is one of the last of the few true one on one sports for this type of competition.

    The Olympics is shit anyways and has been for a hundred years.
     
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    In it's place, they should add Graffiti art competitions and Tattooing!
     
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    This was the only reason I watched the olympics.:)
     
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    I hope MMA will be the new olympic sport. The wrestlers can do MMA.
     
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    Pretty pathetic. I'm not into wrestling but give me a break, this was one of the original olympic sports. It's even more of a joke when one considers some of the events which are included.

    Well, bring back softball then and hopefully baseball
    Bring in mma and hell, add some x-games type events such as skateboarding
     
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    I think they dropped softball because it was no competition for us.

    And I think they should keep wrestling, but they should wrestle nude, like the original Greeks did! :yes:
     
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    That's ridiculous. If they get rid of wrestling, they need to get rid of the fucking god-awful figure skating.





    (and put rugby in already)



    And while I'm a fan of the sport, In my opinion there's no way that MMA could be a part of the Olympics, boxing barely can and MMA is way more brutal. There wouldn't be enough recovery time in between bouts for any quality fights.
     
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    How about a team cage match instead? :punch:
     
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    [​IMG] Olympic Trampolining now that is a sport!
     
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    Don't say that too loud, or that WWE wrasslin' will be implemented. :chair:
     
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    So they believe jumping horses is more of a sport than wrestling? The olympics is turning into more of a skills contest than sports compititon.
     
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    So lets get this straight

    Wrestling=not Olympic sport
    Speed walking=Olympic sport
     
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    So long as they're nude, I'm down with it. :ujerk:
     
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    My hips ache just watching those people walk like that.
     
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    a goddamn travesty is what this is.
    they are keeping modern pentathalon, with athletes competing from 26 countries, and dropping wrestling, with athletes from 71 countries!?!?!
     
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    Lovely screen name, BTW. :puke:
     

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