The IOC is the board who makes decisions, by vote, around which sports will be featured in future Olympic games. The decision was made early last week by the IOC to eliminate wrestling from the "core" sports featured at the Olympics. The Olympic games are comprised of 26 sports. 25 of those sports are considered the core sports and are voted into the Olympic games early by the IOC. The final sport goes up against the remaining sports left out of the Olympics and is voted in later by the IOC board members. Wrestling has been an anchor in Olympic sports and one of the 25 core sports since the modern Olympics started; being featured every year since 1896.
The Associated Press reports, "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."
Wrestling is a sport to top all sports. It combines technique, strength, endurance, pure will, and our instinct to fight. As Dan Gabe is famous for saying, "Once you have wrestled, everything else is easy." I am deeply saddened, disappointed and to be frank, I am angry that wrestling has been eliminated from the Olympics. As a little kid growing up wrestling you aspire to be a State Champion, a National Champion and the grand prize was to wrestle in the Olympics. That grand prize is being stripped from future generations. The Olympics were built on wrestling and there is a strong chance wrestling will be gone in 2020.
I will still watch the Olympics but I will be more selective in my viewing. Sports like track and field and swimming I will support to the end. A sport like golf or basketball will no longer get my viewing attention. If the NBA or PGA someday fails and the Olympics become the dream for young basketball players and golfers...then I will start to watch it in the Olympics. ICO you made a terrible mistake. I look forward to watching wrestling in the 2016 Olympics and I lament the fact it could be gone in 2020. Indiana native Reese Humphrey's is currently training for what he fears could be the last chance to wrestle in the Olympics. I wish him and all the other wrestlers training the best of luck. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow...because as the IOC has proven, there may not be a tomorrow for what you love - thanks for reading.
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