Olympic Committee drops wrestling for 2020 Olympic
Games - Feb 2013
Olympic Committee drops wrestling for 2020 Olympic
Switzerland IOC leaders dropped wrestling from
the Olympic program on Tuesday, a surprise decision
that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from
the 2020 Games.
IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon
the event considered most at risk and
remove wrestling instead from its list of 25 core
IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the
current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows
the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport
to the program later this year.
which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes
back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in
is a process of renewing and renovating the program
for the Olympics, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.
In the view of the executive board, this was
the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. Its
not a case of whats wrong with wrestling, it
is whats right with the 25 core sports.
said the decision was made by secret ballot over several
rounds, with members voting each time on which sport
should not be included in the core group. IOC President
Jacques Rogge did not vote.
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.The
international wrestling federation, known by the French
acronym FILA, is headed by Raphael Martinetti and
is based in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. Calls
to the federation for comment were not immediately
featured 344 athletes competing in 11 medal events
in freestyle and seven in Greco-Roman at last years
London Olympics. Womens wrestling was added
to the Olympics at the 2004 Athens Games.
will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion
in 2020. The others are a combined bid from baseball
and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport
climbing, wakeboarding and wushu. They will be vying
for a single opening in 2020.
IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg,
Russia, to decide which sport or sports to propose
for 2020 inclusion. The final vote will be made at
the IOC session, or general assembly, in September
in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
is extremely unlikely that wrestling would be voted
back in so soon after being removed by the executive
decision is not final, Adams said. The
session is sovereign and the session will make the
last sports removed from the Olympics were baseball
and softball, voted out by the IOC in 2005 and off
the program since the 2008 Beijing Games. Golf and
rugby will be joining the program at the 2016 Games
in Rio de Janeiro.
considered under the closest scrutiny was modern pentathlon,
which has been on the Olympic program since the 1912
Stockholm Games. It was created by French baron Pierre
de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement,
and combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running
Schormann, president of governing body UIPM, lobbied
hard to protect his sports Olympic status and
it paid off in the end.
have promised things and we have delivered,
he said after Tuesdays decision. That
gives me a great feeling. It also gives me new energy
to develop our sport further and never give up.
pentathlon also benefited from the work of Juan Antonio
Samaranch Jr., the son of the former IOC president
who is a UIPM vice president and member of the IOC
were considered weak in some of the scores in the
program commission report but strong in others,
Samaranch told the AP. We played our cards to
the best of our ability and stressed the positives.
Tradition is one of our strongest assets, but we are
also a multi-sport discipline that produces very complete
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most shocking of announcements from the IOC.
shock recommendation to drop wrestling from the Olympics
has angered athletes, officials,fans and news media
companies around the world and the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) played down the finality of its decision
the world of pro wrestling is upset, with TNA Wrestling
being very vocal, and strong rumours that even the
WWE - the pro wrestling - sports entertainment giant
may even become a major part of the campaign to get
wrestling back to the Olympics for good.
IOC's 15-member executive board voted on Tuesday to
recommend that the sport be dropped from the 2020
Olympic program, with a final decision resting with
the IOC session in September in Buenos Aires.
vote prompted an instant wave of protest and anger
from the sport's global community with the international
federation (FILA) calling it an aberration, petitions
launched with the United States White House and on-line
wrestling support groups signing up thousands of supporters.
government said on Wednesday it would seek the support
of other countries where wrestling is popular to help
the sport remain an Olympic discipline.
reactions, they are quite normal," IOC Vice President
Thomas Bach told reporters. "This would have
happened with any decision. You have to find the right
balance between tradition and progress.
was a decision about core sports and nothing more,"
he said of Tuesday's vote that cut the core Olympic
sports from 26 to 25, leaving out wrestling.
am happy about FILA's reaction, to draw up a plan
to act. That is the right way. Keep in mind a final
decision has not yet been taken. If they (FILA) continue
like that they will win a lot of sympathies,"
said Bach, a potential presidential candidate later
IOC's executive board will decide in St Petersburg
in May to decide which of eight candidate sports,
including wrestling, will be put forward to win the
spot left vacant for the 2020 Games.
will then put its recommendation for the 25 core sports
and the new entry to a vote at its session in Argentina.
was always going to be a painful decision," said
IOC member and head of the organization's finance
commission Richard Carrion, also a potential presidential
matter what we do, it will be criticized by someone,"
said Puerto Rican Carrion, whose country won a silver
medal in wrestling at the London 2012 Olympics, one
of two medals overall.
a personal point of view I am sad. I have become attached
to the wrestling club (in Puerto Rico) which doesn't
even have a regulation-size mat and still managed
to send three athletes to the Games."
Juan Antonio Samaranch Junior, who is both an executive
board member and a modern pentathlon vice-president,
the decision was a good one.
am very sorry for wrestling as it is a sport I respect,"
the son of former IOC president Samaranch, told reporters.
cannot be surprised by the reaction because any sport
would have created the same reaction."
surprise exit has been blamed by some on a lack of
political support within the executive board, where
other sports at risk - including modern pentathlon
and taekwondo - had the upper hand with representatives
in the 15-member group.
whether his double capacity was a conflict of interest,
Samaranch said: "I am here in my capacity as
executive board member."
roots go back to the ancient Greek Olmpics and are
also tired to Pankration.
encyclopidia Wikipedia states the following on Pankration:
Pankration was a martial art introduced into the Greek
Olympic Games in 648 BC and founded as a blend of
boxing and wrestling but with scarcely any rules.
The only things not acceptable were biting and gouging
of the opponent's eyes. The term comes from the Greek
pa????t??? [pa?krátion], literally meaning
"all powers" from p?? (pan-) "all"
+ ???t?? (kratos) "strength, power".
wrestling community bonding to see Wrestling return
to the Games...
part of TNA Wrestlings campaign to fight the
International Olympic Committees decision to
drop wrestling from the Olympics in 2020, TNA President
Dixie Carter is calling on WWE to act:
need to join together right now. We encourage our
own IMPACT WRESTLING community, WWE and wrestling
organizations worldwide as well as competitive amateur
coaches and athletes to have a unified voice to make
sure wrestling will be an Olympic sport in 2020.
Kurt Angle, Iron Sheik, Alberto del Rio and Many More
Speak Out Against Wrestling Being Removed from the
has been accounced that the Olympic Committee had
officially announced its line-up for the 2020 Olympic
Games, and was removing wrestling from contention.
TNA Wrestling has released a statement on the issue,
and the outpooring of support against this decision
has been substantial.
believe the @olympics decision today. Let your voices
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Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) February 12, 2013
I Urge all my followers fans and friends to join in
the effort to #SaveOlympicWrestling
Shelton J. Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) February 12, 2013
#saveolympicwrestling. Show Your Love for the Sport.
IOC Must Reverse Decision. Trend It Worldwide. #USAWrestling
Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) February 12, 2013
No "Shooter" by a LONG shot. I learned more
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Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) February 12, 2013
Alberto Del Rio (@VivaDelRio) February 12, 2013
more tweets on the issue, including some from DDP,
Colt Cabana, The Iron Sheik, Big E Langston and a
whole lot more, search for #SaveOlympicWrestling on
Twitter, and select "top" from the options.
Kurt Angle is being extremely vocal on the matter
and said that he was going to fight to get wrestling
back into the Olympics during a recent interview with
continue to wrestle for the TNA. The plan is on wrestling
three more years then coach amateur wrestlers and
fight my butt of to get wrestling back in the Olympics.