Wrestling dropped from 2020 Olympics

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    jnpy!$4g3cwk

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    If this actually goes through, it would make it official-- the Olympics is all about the TV ratings = money.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/21427455

    I find this rather unbelievable, really. It isn't April 1st, is it? I guess it just doesn't televise well.
     
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    I wonder what the new sport would be? Baseball?? :D
     
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    There are currently 7 candidates.

    • Baseball/softball
    • Karate
    • Roller sports
    • Sport climbing
    • Squash
    • Wakeboarding
    • Wushu

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/20757712

    I'd probably place wakeboarding at the end of the list personally. I'd love to see sport climbing but I still wouldn't watch the Olympics. They just aren't interesting to me.
     
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    I'd love to see sport climbing as well. One of the reasons I watch the olympics is because it's an opportunity to see sports and athletes I wouldn't normally watch. Like Curling!!

    And for those (like me) who wondered what Wushu was:

     
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    I'd love to see Wushu or maybe sport climbing.


    Fun bit of trivia: Jet Li was a Wushu prodigy as a child.
     
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    Baseball, softball, and wrestling have all been dropped from the Olympics recently, while handball, badminton, and ping-pong are still good to go.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Olympic ping-pong is the awesomest!! ;)
     
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    Ugh......... I agree with the :rolleyes:

    So lets take out a sport that has pretty much been in the Olympics since the beginning and pretty much in most of the games since. One of the few sports I like watching when they would televise it.
     
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    citizenzen

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    While I have to admit that I'm not a great fan of wrestling, I think there's something to be said for continuing the tradition of the sport.

    The Olympics was the one place I'd even consider watching it.

    It's sad to see that tradition change.
     
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    I think some of them are popular in Asia...

    I still agree that this is bad.
     
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    sportclimbing

    awesome sport and it's fantastic to watch.

    hopefully not yet another martial art.
    is it true that kite-surfing will replace windsurfing?

    what they should do is decrease the number of medals for several sports (those with two jillions different classes) and include the number of different sports.

    i would also be in favor of a strong reduction of medals in any sports where the winner is not objectively decided.
     
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    bradl

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    crappy decision here. Very crappy decision by the IOC.

    It already has been mentioned: Greco-Roman has been in the Modern Olympics since 1896, and well before in the Ancient Olympics. This, track/field, and weightlifting were the oldest sports in the games. For them to remove one of the staples is crazy.

    BL.
     
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    Technarchy

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    I seriously hope it is not replaced with one of these X-Games type things.

    And I've always enjoyed watching wrestling. It's a very physical and technical sport.
     
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    So long as this remains a Olympic Sport this Bunny is Happy. [​IMG]
     
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    jnpy!$4g3cwk

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    I agree. What are the Olympics without wrestling and running? They are what tie the ancient traditions to modern sports.

    But, I couldn't help think of "ping-pong diplomacy" when I saw this article:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/world/middleeast/iranian-wrestlers-see-big-loss-in-olympics.html?_r=0

    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/us-iran-find-common-ground-olympic-wrestling-18534510

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/02/19/u-s-and-iran-finally-agree-on-something-wrestling-in-the-olympics/

     
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    :D

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    Mac'nCheese

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    Of course we need to get rid of wrestling. The real athletes are the guys who ride the dancing horses.
     
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    While I'm all for beach volleyball (a very attractive sport; even without "beach") the classical/ancient sports should remain. It can't only be money; Olympia should also be about tradition.
     

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