Posts Tagged ‘save olympic wrestling’

On February 12th, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to recommend that wrestling be dropped from the Olympics in 2020. Wrestling will now compete with 7 other sports for one remaining spot in the Olympics including baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and the martial art of wushu.

Sport climbing & wakeboarding…really?  Ok, I don’t think bashing other sports to promote the one you believe in is the right thing to do.  But, lets use some common sense and why can’t all these sports participate?  More common sense should tell you that getting rid of wrestling, one of the oldest sports to partake in the Olympics is just plain stupid.  Later this month, the IOC will get together in Russia to determine which sport will remain.

My belief, and I could be way off base, is that the head of the FILA didn’t grease enough pockets to ensure wrestling had a future in the Olympics.  They probably felt the sport was safe.  After all, wrestling is the oldest sport known to man, along with running sports and was a sport during the ancient Olympic games.  Millions of people compete in wrestling worldwide. 179 different countries have FILA affiliations. 79 countries sent participants to the 2012 Olympic games.  Or, they just flat hate each other.  After all, the offices of the IOC and FILA are within minutes of one another.

I strongly believe that they will reinstate wrestling and that this might end up being the best thing to happen to wrestling.  The support for wrestling has been huge and it has brought a sport closer to the front page than it ever has before.  People are talking about it and that is a good thing.  And there has been a needed shakeup within FILA.  The decision has united the world…from the office of the President of the United States to Russia and Tehran.

#SaveOlympicWrestling or we get this….I give you exhibit A: