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Old 09-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wrestling saved: sport gets votes needed to remain in Olympic games

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Wrestling snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Sunday morning.

With a majority 49 votes out of 95 cast by the International Olympic Committee, wrestling was saved. Baseball, softball and squash were eliminated as sports in the Olympic Games. Wrestling now continues after being on the brink of elimination. It won the one remaining spot for the 2020 Games.

The IOC announced the totals after a secret ballot on Sunday in Buenos Aries.

"Our fight doesn't stop here," FILA President Nenad Lalovic said at a news conference following the announcement. "We have to improve our sport in order to become a core sport. Wrestling has become a modernized sport ready to compete with other sports. We succeeded to (convince) the IOC members that our improved sport will support the Olympic movement.

"Wrestling is not a new sport, but the wrestling we're presenting now is a new wrestling. What we tried to do is update our sport to make it more spectacular, more watchable and the rules (more) understandable. That's the only way to fulfill wrestling's hopes and that's the goal of every sport."

Wrestling was dropped from the list of core sports by the IOC in February, and immediately a campaign started in the wrestling community, which includes hundreds of MMA fighters including elite-level stars like Daniel Cormier, Dan Henderson, Ben Askren and Josh Koscheck.

The wrestling community started a heavy social media effort, and the MMA world followed suit with support from promotions like the UFC and Bellator. "Save Olympic Wrestling" became an instant mantra from the time of the IOC's initial announcement in February that the sport would have to fight for one remaining spot in the 2020 games, which will be in Tokyo.

In late May, though, the sport cleared a major hurdle when the IOC approved it, along with a combined baseball/softball effort and squash, as the finalists competing for the one remaining spot. Sports eliminated from a chance at the 2020 games at that vote in Russia included wushu, karate, roller sports, sport climbing and wakeboarding.

Now, with wrestling saved which came with an instant eruption of cheers from the USA Wrestling members in attendance the sport's supporters in the MMA community can rest easy. Their efforts may have played a big role in the sport getting the votes it needed to survive.

Wrestling has been a part of every modern Olympic Games except in 1900.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the fact that it was even considered is beyond moronic. A sport that was in the Olympics nearly 3000 years ago and they are thinking it can go... who the hell is in charge of this debacle?
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the fact that it was even considered is beyond moronic. A sport that was in the Olympics nearly 3000 years ago and they are thinking it can go... who the hell is in charge of this debacle?
The International Olympic Committee. They are more concerned with viewership and attendance and wrestling doesn't do well by those metrics.
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I wonder if that brought more attention to the Olympics.

Such a peculiar decision. If there's two sports that I would imagine to have permanent status it would be track/field and wrestling.

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A sport that was in the Olympics nearly 3000 years ago and they are thinking it can go...
so was Pankration, but MMA is still not in the olympics.
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Of an interesting note is that there's a trade off to wrestling staying in the Olympics until 2024 guaranteed. Starting that year men's freestyle and greco-roman will be reduced to six weight classes per style and women's freestyle will be expanded to six. As of right now men's freestyle and greco get seven weight classes and women's gets four in the Olympics.
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Thank god! That was sucha bs idea ...

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Of an interesting note is that there's a trade off to wrestling staying in the Olympics until 2024 guaranteed. Starting that year men's freestyle and greco-roman will be reduced to six weight classes per style and women's freestyle will be expanded to six. As of right now men's freestyle and greco get seven weight classes and women's gets four in the Olympics.
so instead of 17 events we get 18 and equality? don't sound so much like a trade off as a bonus.
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