IOC Plans to Cut from Wrestling from 2020 Olympics

IOC drops wrestling from Summer 2020 Olympics (ESPN):  The executive board of the International Olympic Committee reviewed the 26 sports on its summer program in order to remove one of them so it could add one later this year. It decided to cut wrestling and keep modern pentathlon — a sport that combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting — and was considered to be the most likely to be dropped.  Article HERE

In recent years, 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 that it wants to attract younger viewers to the international television audience. 

Mark Adams, a spokesman for the I.O.C., told reporters, “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.”  Article HERE

Iranians upset by the decision: Iran has racked up dozens of Olympic medals in wrestling, more than in any other sport.  “Do we destroy our historical sites which are symbols of humanity? No. Then, why should we destroy wrestling?” Iranian gold medalist Ali Reza Dabir told the Associated Press. Article HERE

Stench of IOC corruption- Reports from Lausanne said that the wrestling federation didn’t push as hard as the modern pentathlon people, that these are games won or lost not on the playing field, but standing alongside a bar, a glass of fine Bordeaux in hand. Reports also cited the importance of Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., son of the former IOC president, on the side of modern pentathlon. HERE

Impact on NCAA Wrestling- What kind of impact does NCAA wrestling face as a result of the IOC’s decision?  HERE

USA-led group tries to save Olympic wrestling (ESPN):   USA Wrestling has announced that a group led by former world champion Bill Scherr, along with World and Olympic champions Bruce Baumgartner, John Smith, Rulon Gardner and Dan Gable, will work to fight the IOC’s decision earlier this week to eliminate wrestling from the 2020 Olympics.  Article HERE

Keep Wrestling in the Olympics website launched:  HERE

Corruption in Olympic wrestling? HERE

IOC President Jacques Rogge said he will meet with FILA President Raphael Martinetti:  HERE

FILA to debate president Raphael Martinetti dismissal:  HERE

Martinetti steps aside: HERE


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