Wrestling Dropped From The 2020 Olympics

Submitted by: cobrakiller 4 years ago in Sports

Do you think the 2 new sports replacing it are a good call?
There are 33 comments:
Male 38,791

They should dump Race Walking, Grass Hockey & all equestrian events.
I want to see how high a man can jump, not a horse!
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Male 4,082
They added "Trampoline", and "Race Walking" and removed Wrestling. I hate this planet, wtf decided this, whats next? Olympic Nascar once they take out the Marathon?!
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Female 1,467
With no where to go olympic ready wrestlers will finally be able to make WWE a real sport.
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Female 2,602
They should have dumped that Tae Kwon Do pish. If I want to see two people wrapped head to toe in pads kicking each other with no attempt made to defend I`ll just go along and watch the local girls` hockey match.
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Male 579
I wish I could win a huge lottery and then sponsor an Olympics for all the sports banned from the Olympics. What a bunch of goons. The Olympics is becoming a big joke.
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Male 500
Men in spandex dry humping ? Gone from the Olympics ? Good.
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Female 9,496
I say go for it, I don`t like wrestling let alone watch it.
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Male 38,791

They should`a dumped all team sports.
Okay, they`re fun to watch {for some} but the Individual triumph and effort I think is more central to the Olympic ideal than team sport. Maybe you can stretch that to a relay race.

Dump Water Ballet, basketball, hockey, soccer.
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Male 181
Yeah, let`s keep curling because THAT is a worldwide hit!! Wrestling has been there since the beginning and should be there forever.
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Male 3,061
OOOH! RIGHT IN THE SOLAR PLEXUS!!!
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Male 5,094
Is this really how news are in the US? Two short sentences of facts and then two minutes` worth of outraged opinion?

I want to know why they did it damnit!
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Male 459
Why do they need to drop a sport to begin with? just leave it alone. That said, I really don`t care.. The olympics get less and less interesting as I get older. I don`t think I watched a single event last year.
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Male 2,332
I`m only wondering what took them so long. It`s all about the money.

I cringe every time some backwater country blows half the nation`s coffers to build yet another record-breaking stadium they really can`t afford, just so they have a CHANCE at hosting the Olympics. Same goes for FIFA by the way.
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Male 646
From WSj:"The move to drop wrestling, which has been in every modern Olympics since the inaugural 1896 Athens Games except 1900, reflects the IOC`s attempts to innovate to lure younger fans."

- That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard

"In 2002, the IOC commissioned a review of Olympic sports that said wrestling had a "lack of global popularity" as well as "relatively low broadcast and press coverage.""
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Male 510
"Wasn`t wrestling part of the original olympics way back in classic Greece? Seems wrong to drop it.

What`s replacing it?"

Competitive eating
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Male 4,433
Let`s remove one of the most prominent sports from the very first Olympics games. Who would get mad at that? Looks like the corruption is back. That didn`t take long.
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Male 5,617
Wait, they got rid of wrestling but, kept horse riding?
Something isn`t making sense: Why was it even a question?

I mean, if one was going to toss something from there, wouldn`t it be more like sync swimming or baton twirling or whatever the heck that`s called?
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Male 2,651
[quote]and shows no sign of slowing[/quote]
i can think of one...sorry couldn`t resist
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Male 1,625
@oldollie: pedobear much?
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Male 22
These guys are idiots, wrestling has slowly been becoming a very popular sport. My high school team (and others in my area) has grown from 7 guys to 40 since 2003 and shows no sign of slowing. With the MMA becoming so popular, it is garnering respect from other at that level. Why would they think this is a good idea, Olympic MMA?
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Male 15,832
I was waiting for the reveal that this was a joke. This proves beyond any doubt that the Olympics are just show biz and nothing more. People would much rather watch skinny 14-year-old girls prancing around in leotards than watch serious competitive sports. (Okay, I`m one of them, but still...)
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Male 38,791

But curling stays ?
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Male 186
But ribbon dancing stays.
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Male 3,445
"Wasn`t wrestling part of the original olympics way back in classic Greece? Seems wrong to drop it."

Yes, and they used to do it in the nude.
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Male 38,791

Wasn`t wrestling part of the original olympics way back in classic Greece? Seems wrong to drop it.

What`s replacing it?
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Male 315
Rugby and golf are NOT replacing wrestling. This decision affects the 2020 Olympics, and wrestling, rugby, and golf will all appear together in the 2016 Olympics. The decision on what sport will replace wrestling will come in a few months at another meeting of the IOC. I can`t recall the list of potential replacements off the top of my head, but I do know that wrestling will actually be on that list too, which means there`s an outside chance it will be put back in. That`s thought to be unlikely because it was JUST taken out, but with all the backlash, I wouldn`t be surprised.
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Male 7,775
So much for the Olympic ideal. Why bother with all those years of history when you can make a buck, IOC?
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Male 2,651
@Dead-Kittens true, but she did say `modern Olympic games`
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Male 1,442
Wrestling was in the Olympics since 708 BC. If the recent homophobic jokes influenced this decision, then you might as well ban gingers and jews too.

Bunch of old rich guys get rid of wrestling but bring in golf... I call shenanigans.

And while they are at it, bring back Pankration!
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Female 4,447
Rugby I get, but golf? Seriously?
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Male 1,252
1896 huh.... If im not mistaken it was one of the origional greek events during the roman empire... Shotput, discus, javelin, sprinting and greco roman wrestling. Irate.
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Male 1,625
pretty sure he said wrastlin`
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Male 7,619
Link: Wrestling Dropped From The 2020 Olympics [Rate Link] - Do you think the 2 new sports replacing it are a good call?
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