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This ain't Athens no more: Wrestling gone from Olympics

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LongTimeListener, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


    They'll have it in 2016, then it disappears in 2020. The IOC says it isn't one of the 25 "core sports." WTF? What sport is more core to the Olympics than wrestling? Modern pentathlon, field hockey and taekwondo. Those are the more core sports and the ones that were apparently kept instead.

    The final vote was conducted by secret ballot, which always leads to fun with the IOC.
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    This is pitiful.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    That's just wrong.
  4. Alexander Karelin is not gonna be happy.
  5. RonClements

    RonClements Active Member

    Wow, one of the original Olympic sports. This is an awful decision. I hope they reconsider before 2020.
  6. Gutter

    Gutter Well-Known Member

    Does Kurt Angle have to choke a bitch?
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Seriously, wrestling seems like one of the sports best suited for the Olympics and one of the few that would bridge the ancient and modern Olympics.

    Guess it doesn't have a strong enough lobby.

    What a bunch of maroons.
  8. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Horrible beyond words. Who would have thought that international taekwondo associations had that much money to spend on bribes?
  9. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    Close ... they didn't offer enough in bribes to the members of the IOC board ... :)
  10. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Dan Gable is going to whip someone.
  11. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    The closest comparison I can make right now to this awful and ridiculous situation is New Coke: The thing never even really seemed like a good idea when we learned about and everybody complained and, sooner rather than later, the numbnuts with the power figured out they were wrong and made right.

    If the 2020 Olympics have no wrestling, I won't watch, and I imagine a lot of people will take a similar tack. (I was on the road for all of the Olympics last summer and caught probably 10 hours here and there with friends along the way. I missed it some, but I learned it's very easy to live without the schmaltzy TV storytelling and production.) That said, I don't think there's any way this holds up. There'll be wrestling in seven years.
  12. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    A lot of wrestling fans might tune out. But 99-percent of viewers won't care.
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