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Old 02-12-2013, 07:49 AM  
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International Olympic Committee Cuts Wrestling from 2020 Olympics

This is stupid if you ask me. 90% of the people on here probably don't care. But you have an event where people ride around on horses telling them to do stupid shit (Dressing) and you cut wrestling?

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IOC Drops Wrestling From 2020 Olympics
By STEPHEN WILSON
LAUSANNE, Switzerland
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International Olympic Committee drops wrestling from the 2020 Olympic program

The Associated Press

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."

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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Old 02-12-2013, 07:52 AM   #2
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I don't really watch much of the wrestling but I think it is a terrible decision. It is a good bridge to the past Olympics and still a valid sport today. To see it lumped in with wakeboarding and sport climbing and whatever washu is dumb.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:54 AM   #3
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I saw a few tweets saying that this is basically China pushing their weight around because they suck at wrestling. They're doing what they can to get ahead in the medal count. The US has 124 medals in this sport since 1896.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:01 AM   #4
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Interesting...is it because not enough countries participate anymore? TV ratings for it are down? Heck, when they broadcast the games, you can barely find it. They put it on CNBC at Midnight.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:03 AM   #6
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Interesting...is it because not enough countries participate anymore? TV ratings for it are down? Heck, when they broadcast the games, you can barely find it. They put it on CNBC at Midnight.
It came down to this or Penthathlon apparently. If it was because of countries that participate, well wrestling had 71 countries participate in London. Pentathlon: 26.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:04 AM   #7
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Hard to believe they cut this over Equestrian?? Does the horse get the medal or the rider?
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This will no doubt hurt the sport, still have the NCAA tourny but this sucks. Hurts the Russian wrestlers more, now they have nothing but FILA.
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This is one of the oldest sports in the entire world. The Olympics are becoming nothing more than a money-making industry than for the glory of sport- which basically is a hypocripsy of the true Olympian spirit.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:17 AM   #10
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Hard to believe they cut this over Equestrian?? Does the horse get the medal or the rider?
Come on man, Mitt Romney can't relate.
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One less reason to waste any time watching the Olympics.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:20 AM   #12
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This is one of the oldest sports in the entire world. The Olympics are becoming nothing more than a money-making industry than for the glory of sport- which basically is a hypocripsy of the true Olympian spirit.
Take heart, as long as the cameras can keep showing chicks in tight bikinis sporting a wedgy sand volleyball will remain an Olympic sport.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #13
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One less reason to waste any time watching the Olympics.
This.

If you want enough swimming to fill two lifetimes, then just tune in.

Otherwise if you want to watch other sports you're interested in, you have to do it online.

I'm not a wrestling fan by any means but I don't understand how that shouldn't be in the Olympics.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:43 AM   #15
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Are they at least going to add another sport, like the weight lifters throwing the gymnasts for distance?
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