Wrestling booted out of Olympics from 2020

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  • 19

    Iowan

    Just so we're clear, Ancient Greek pottery has wrestlers, not squash players. Bad decision.

  • 15

    mikihouse

    IOC is the most corrupt body in sports...followed by FIFA in my opinion.

  • 9

    Cortes Elijah

    What a stupid decision. So what now? Clothes washing? Pathetic. Let the people vote!

  • 4

    cadmium31680

    I guess Animal Hamaguchi will be shouting himself dizzy at this news.

  • -2

    Fugacis

    Ridiculous and nasty. The wrestlers from all over he world who have protested this are right; it's steamrolling over the dreams of young athletes, and it's wasting the enthusiasm that's been built up in countries like Japan and Russia that have excelled in it. I can't help but think that this was commercially motivated: networks in the USA and EU will show a major bias towards broadcasting the sports their athletes are best in.

  • 0

    gaijinfo

    Well, as a believer in free markets, I believe that if there's enough world demand to watch the best of the best compete in wrestling, the wrestlers won't have anything to worry about, and it will only be a matter of time before the corrupt IOC realizes the error of their ways.

  • 0

    cabadaje

    Even the most sacred of traditions needs the occasional kick in the butt. Wrestling, of all sports, shouldn't complain about fighting to stay alive.

  • 1

    mikihouse

    wrestling was axed because somebody put golf into olympics...it was never an olympic material in the first place. People run, swim, fight, wrestle, jump and thus the beginning of olympics. Olympics was born out of this disciples and they are axing it because somebody's pocket has been lined with "generous gifts" to allow golf. Wrestling did not lobby (no bribes) so they were axed.

    Wrestling is one of the most popular sports in Olympics. There is no logic in this.

  • 0

    bass4funk

    I can't help but think that this was commercially motivated: networks in the USA and EU will show a major bias towards broadcasting the sports their athletes are best in.

    Guess what, News Flash! Japan and most countries do the exact same thing. Nothing wrong with it, but why show Basketball all day in Japan if you don't have a lot of them in that sports event. In Japan during the Olympics, I have to watch Judo all day, that just the business side of it, not political.

    But I do think getting rid of Wrestling was just about the worst decision as it was putting in Trampoline. Yeah, I know it's a part of Gymnastics discipline, but seriously....

  • 3

    Mirai Hayashi

    Dumbest decision ever!!!

  • 5

    Brainiac

    I would have dumped the walking event, equestrian, rhythmic gymnastics, sailing and shooting before wrestling.

  • 2

    JeffLee

    Boycott the Olympics! This is further proof that modern professional sports is increasingly rotten, corrupt and losing its way.

  • 3

    smithinjapan

    Fugacis: "I can't help but think that this was commercially motivated: networks in the USA and EU will show a major bias towards broadcasting the sports their athletes are best in."

    Excuse me? Broadcasting in MOST countries is limited to events in which that country is participating, and in nations like the US and Japan it will sometimes even STOP showing the event after their athlete has dropped out. These days it's all internet and apps to follow if you want to follow well. No doubt there is a commercial element, but don't blame the US and/or EU for the loss of wrestling; the article says itself that wrestling never put forward any attempt to garner support because they automatically felt they were safe.

    mikihouse: "Wrestling is one of the most popular sports in Olympics. There is no logic in this."

    In Japan, yes, because if not for wrestling there would have been next to no golds for Japan in London. It's obviously not that popular world-wide, and this is a world event. Same with baseball/softball

    That said, I think eliminating wrestling in favor of some of the other 'sports' going in as 'core sports' is pretty ridiculous. Wakeboard? Wushu? An event shouldn't automatically be given a spot based on its long history and tradition, but that has to give it SOME credit towards a spot, especially when added that some nations still do it. Wrestlig is certainly less boring than SOME of the events out there.

  • -1

    cubic

    No Olympic dream for wrestlers = more wrestlers go to MMA and pro wrestling instead. This will be a huge boost for the UFC and WWE.

  • 1

    sasukene

    There goes Japan's gold medal count down the toilet at the 2020 games. But what if Tokyo is selected? Surely then wrestling needs to remain as it is a major sport for Japan. Can't see the logic in this at all. Modern Pentathlon deserved to be axed instead.

  • -1

    Mirai Hayashi

    What about synchronized diving? Who really watches that crap?? Or dressage? Or shooting? Or Archery? Of all of the dumbest events that could be trimmed, they're going to cut wresting? One of the original events from the very first Olympiad? Really?

  • 0

    mitoguitarman

    All sports that have subjective scoring, including wrestling, should have a separate Olympics. They are all corruptible and often are.

    Racing, jumping swimming, etc. are legit.

    Ice dance, gymnastics, etc. should be apart.

  • 3

    cleo

    Can't say I'm a fan of wrestling, but taking it out of the Olympics seems a bit daft. Get rid of the professional sports (football, baseball, etc) that hog the TV screens year-round and give players so many other chances at the limelight, and concentrate more on the individual prowess sports, especially the ones we don't get to see much of outside of an Olympic year.

  • -5

    Moonraker

    I won't miss it. It never seems particularly exciting or interesting to me. Judo should be next.

  • 0

    duke

    if it was wrastlin' they would have kept it in the Olympics

  • 1

    Dennis Bauer

    Talk about showing the world how far off the olympics has gone, it shouldn't even be called olympics anymore, but sponsorships 2020!

  • 2

    JoeBigs

    “The trouble was while modern pentathlon and taekwondo did effective lobbying, wrestling thought they were safe and did none at all.”

    Translation, someone paid the right amount to remove wrestling.

    The Olympics is as corrupt as any other political group.

  • 6

    Nessie

    What about synchronized diving? Who really watches that crap?

    Having synchronized diving AND soccer is just plain redundant.

  • -2

    Francis Urquhart

    I thought karate had already been dropped? This is unsurprising because sport karate is boring to watch - nothing fancy, just a couple of people bouncing up and down and throwing the odd mid-level punch. They are scared to kick just in case they get hit for a point away. Taekwondo, on the other hand, is a lot more exciting. If wresting is to be booted out, then it can't be long before judo is out too. The Olympics seem to want viewing figures rather than actual sport, otherwise what is the point in beach volleyball?

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    No Miso

    Can't say I'm a fan of wrestling, but taking it out of the Olympics seems a bit daft. Get rid of the professional sports (football, baseball, etc) that hog the TV screens year-round and give players so many other chances at the limelight, and concentrate more on the individual prowess sports, especially the ones we don't get to see much of outside of an Olympic year.

    Quite right. Football, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, and Tennis all have their own high level forums, often multiple times a year. They don't NEED the Olympics and frankly the version in the Olympics seem somewhat watered down. The Olympics should be more biased towards amateur sports, and should be promoting sport, not just seeing how much money can be made from it. Sick!

  • 1

    Weasel

    The trouble was while modern pentathlon and taekwondo did effective lobbying...

    Translation - "The trouble was while modern pentathlon and taekwondo did effective bribing...."

  • 0

    beowulf

    Wrestling is a working class sport, essentially done by athletes from poorer countries. On top of that it has very little earning potential by way of sponsors, ergo it was dropped from the olympics.

    I hope wakeboarding gets in, because there is a sport the entire world can do.

  • 6

    tokorobam

    The Olympics has lost its way.

  • 2

    Probie

    Well they needed to open up space for the ancient and incredibly exciting sport that is golf.

    Golf= ZZZzzzzz....

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    Probie

    I hope wakeboarding gets in, because there is a sport the entire world can do.

    Wakeboarding ISN'T a sport. It's having fun on a beach.

    What else do you propose? Olympic Baseball Card Collecting?

  • 1

    ratpack

    Why on earth do they continually cut sports each and every 4 years?? Isn't the Olympic Games supposed to be the pinnacle of sports?? Why do they need to cut? Why not just add sports (to an extent that is)?? It is ridiculous and I know the answer will the economic side of things instead of the sporting side of things. Please change the IOC and put sports minded people in charge and not people who are only interested in making a small fortune.

  • 2

    lucabrasi

    @Probie

    What else do you propose? Olympic Baseball Card Collecting?

    Ha! There have been similar events though. In the 1948 London games, Finland won ten golds. One of them for "lyric poetry" and another for "town planning". Baseball cards sound more exciting....

  • -4

    herefornow

    Wrestling is one of the most popular sports in Olympics. There is no logic in this.

    mikihouse -- really??? Based on what measure? An educated guess would say that outside of Japan and Russia, and a few other countries, the TV ratings for wrestling coverage were negligible. In fact, I cannot remember watching any wrestling in the many hours of the 2012 games I watched here in the states. You purists need to remember that money drives everything, including the Olympics and what sports they include. And money comes from TV rights and viewership/ratings. And whether you like it or not, more folks around the world would rather watch Tiger Woods and Rory McElroy than a bunch of no-name folks with cauliflower ears. Its called progress.

  • -1

    Jimizo

    The Olympics will come to resemble pro rather than Greco-Roman wrestling anyway. Give it 20 years and we'll have suntanned men in masks with mullets standing on the podium just as we cut to a beer/McDonald's commercial.

  • 0

    beowulf

    @Probie

    The English language needs to develop a sarcasm sign. I could not think of a worse sport to be included in the olympics than wakeboarding.

    They also had a gold medal for urban planning at the olympics back in the day.

  • -1

    Probie

    The English language needs to develop a sarcasm sign. I could not think of a worse sport to be included in the olympics than wakeboarding.

    Haha! There's always darts? ;)

  • 0

    wtfjapan

    oop theres goes Japans medal haul!?

  • 2

    No Miso

    And whether you like it or not, more folks around the world would rather watch Tiger Woods and Rory McElroy than a bunch of no-name folks with cauliflower ears. Its called progress.

    I think it is actually going the other way. Golf, football, basketball and tennis all have their world class events. The athletes train hard and provide a good show for paying punters on a regular basis, and they make good money. The Olympics for me were never about top pro's in mainstream sport, as you can see that every week, it was more about the diversity and celebration of sport that was the attraction. It isn't about winning it is about the taking part. Now it is about how much money the IOC can make, as there is no prize money for competitors. The IOC aren't adding to the sports world, they are taking away.

  • -1

    Billy Orr

    Why not drop Taekwondo it is crap, it is pathetic to call it Budo.

  • 3

    WilliB

    That is just stupid. If wrestling is not an Olympic sport, what is? If they want to drop something, they should drop stuff like synchronized swimming.

  • 1

    freakashow

    In Japan, yes, because if not for wrestling there would have been next to no golds for Japan in London. It's obviously not that popular world-wide, and this is a world event. Same with baseball/softball

    Actually, freestyle wrestling is extremely popular in the U.S. where just about every high school and college has their team. Also, let's not discount the smaller countries that have strong wrestlers (e.g. Azerbaijan, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan). Just because some rich countries like Italy or England may not have a strong contingent, doesn't mean it's not followed around the world. Even in Canada, the Canadian wrestling community was stunned by this decision. Canadian wrestlers have won 16 Olympic medals in all. There is a rich history of wrestling there with wreslters like Carol Huynh, Tonya Verbeek, and Daniel Igali.

    Overall, it was a stupid idea to axe wrestling for golf. For athletes like wrestlers, the pinnacle is to win an Olympic gold. With golf, I'm sure winning a major title like the British Open or the Master's would rule over winning a medal at the Olympics. With all the money and riches golf players get through sponsorships and tournaments, do people seriously believe to see the same level of grit, determination, compassion, blood, sweat, and tears you see wrestlers put into winning a match, as with a golf player winning at the Olympics? Just my opinion, but I'd much rather watch wrestling than other Olympic sports like trampoline, race-walking, equestrian, fencing, and pistol shooting.

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    freakashow

    And whether you like it or not, more folks around the world would rather watch Tiger Woods and Rory McElroy than a bunch of no-name folks with cauliflower ears. Its called progress.

    I'm pretty sure the ratings for a major tournament would be much higher than golf at the Olympics. Do you seriously believe that Tiger Woods would choose an Olympic medal over a green jacket at the Master's? Besides, any activity that I see old oyaji do quite well while smoking a cigarette and drinking a glass of scotch is not a sport. Golf is a form of recreation (as with bowling and billiards). And those "no-name folks" are who make up the Olympics. The Olympics are supposed to be for "amateurs". It's a way for those "no-names" to get known. Frankly, I find it more interesting to watch people who still have the determination to win for their country, rather than just a paycheck.

  • 2

    freakashow

    There were 71 countries which had athletes compete in wrestling, but only 26 countries sent athletes to compete in the modern pentathlon in the London Olympics. Yet, wrestling gets the boot. I feel so sorry for all those high school and university wrestlers in countries all over the world who now have no dream like the Olympics to think about.

  • -3

    duke

    **Moonraker

    I won't miss it. It never seems particularly exciting or interesting to me. Judo shou*ld be next. *

    I agree

  • 3

    JohnBecker

    I've thought £ong and hard to tr¥ to come up with a rea$on for this disgrace. I'll let you know if I come up with anything.

  • 1

    cubic

    I've thought £ong and hard to tr¥ to come up with a rea$on for this disgrace. I'll let you know if I come up with anything.

    Thanks.

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