The Olympics are getting rid of wrestling in the 2020 Games?
At least that is the plan.
I am going to add my name to the growing list of those who think this is a stupid plan by the IOC — uh oh, the IOC better listen up and pay attention!
If there are some things that are the essence of the Games — or at least should be — it is about the idea of friendly competition amongst nations, about amateur athleticism at its best — oops, sorry, that slipped in there! My mistake! — and traditions from the past, even stretching back to the Ancient Games.
What sport is more traditional for the Games than Greco-Roman wrestling?
Running sprints and marathons is very much in line with that but so is wrestling.
Now they are claiming that the ratings and attendance aren’t good for these matches and, of course, that drives things these days, in case you haven’t noticed!
The sport doesn’t appeal to the masses — in their way of thinking — but anyone who goes to the state tournament in Ohio knows that’s ludicrous, when The Schott has very large crowds that are, in many ways, equal to what they get for the state basketball tournament.
Well, by that logic, get rid of tandem diving, badminton — at least that’s modern because they fix matches! — and on and on.
By no means am I trying to make fun of those sports — those are some serious athletes, not your average ones that play badminton at your Sunday cookout! — but those sports don’t attract the ratings, either.
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