The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should be called the International No Sense of History Committee instead.
With a decision to drop wrestling from the sports available at the 2020 Summer Games, the IOC has drawn a knife across the throat of one of the oldest Olympic sports ever.
First record of wrestling at the Olympics is found in 708 B.C. and wrestling, in one form or another, has been present at every modern Olympic games except one – the 1900 Summer Games.
Wrestlers of all stripes and from all climbs – including former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld – are in an uproar over the decision made by the IOC and are calling for the decision to be reversed and the travesty averted.
I think the decision by the IOC is absolutely idiotic. They remove one of the most storied sports in all of Olympic history to give golf and rugby a place.
Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy golfing, and rugby is an engrossingly fun sport to watch, once you get the rules down; but wrestling is historic.
There is no equipment involved, nothing to give one competitor an edge over another. It is simply mano a mano, may the best man – or, since 2004, woman – win.
And, golf and rugby both have large international stages already, they don’t need to be on the Olympic platform.
The IOC has cited the need to appeal to a wide variety of viewers and to keep the Games fresh and new, but how many people are going to watch Olympic golf if the biggest names in the sport – Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson to name a few – decide to not play because there is no money to be made?
I could see rugby being allowed, but not at the loss of wrestling. Nothing should be allowed at the loss of wrestling.
On an final note; How ironic would it be if Istanbul, Turkey – where the national sport is wrestling – were awarded the 2020 games?
C’mon INSHC, make the right decision regarding wrestling.