Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Feb 12, 2013
Wrestling Removed From Olympic Games

Wrestling Removed From Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that wrestling has been dropped from the Olympics, starting at the 2020 Games. The decision was made by secret ballot on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, where officials are talking about how to “streamline” the event. Wrestling has roots in the original Greek games and has been part of the event since 1896.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said: “This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics. In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling, it is what’s right with the (other) 25 core sports.”

It will now compete with seven other sports for inclusion in the 2020 Games.

The professional wrestling world is upset, as several wrestlers commented on Twitter. This includes Jim Ross, who called the decision “ignorant.”

Kurt Angle, a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, tweeted: “I’m Shocked. Will Do an Exclusive Interview Later today. Wrestling Will Stay in Olympics.”

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5 Responses to “Wrestling Removed From Olympic Games”

  1. tna24 says:

    first baseball now this, come on. you can allow horse riding and shooting as a sport, why not keep something people actually will enjoy to see.

  2. koysortna1 says:

    Are you kidding me? One of the reasons i watched the olympic's was because of wrestling!

  3. annil8or4321 says:

    very ludicris

  4. Dante_Cross says:

    So one of the staples of the original Olympic Games is not good enough to remain in, while some of the most obscure non interesting or competitive things remain?

    • Matt Hardy says:

      The modern Olympics has become highly politicized and monetized, even more than they were during the cold war. The Olympics in the UK and China were arguably much more about propaganda and promotion of the host nations political systems than they were about the spirit of competition (which is what the modern Olympics is supposed to be about). I suspect that we will see massive changes in the Olympic format in the coming decades and most of them probably will not be good. More political and more commercial than they already have become. Somewhere along that line, it was decided that wrestling did not fit into their ideals, which only shows that that the original intention does not remain. Wrestling is the evolution of the ORIGINAL Olympic sport and there is no other sport that more readily signifies the base elements of two athletes competing. I am actually glad I gave up on the Olympics years ago and not just because wrestling was one of my favorite events. The Olympics in their current format, hold absolutely no interest to me whatsoever.

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