Probably the oldest sport in the Olympics, around since approximately when the games were founded has been officially voted off the games in the as-yet-to-be-determined city 2020 Olympics. Wrestling will still be around for Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The most important thing for everyone right now is not to panic and go into a blind rage — aw hell who am I kidding, this is Beat ‘Em Up! Any wrestler reading this right now, go German suplex the closest IOC jabroni who voted nay. And if you do and that person is seriously injured, I didn’t tell you to do it.
It’s depressing, less for the fact that it was voted off and more because why. Wrestling’s popularity in the games were on the decline.
From the Associated Press:
The board voted after reviewing a report by the IOC program commission report that analyzed 39 criteria, including TV ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity. With no official rankings or recommendations contained in the report, the final decision by the 15-member board was also subject to political, emotional and sentimental factors.
“This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “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 25 core sports.”
According to IOC documents obtained by the AP, wrestling ranked “low” in several of the technical criteria, including popularity with the public at the London Games — just below 5 on a scale of 10. Wrestling sold 113,851 tickets in London out of 116,854 available.
Can I blame Vince McMahon and the PG era?
I will stand by the wrestlers, but I have to confess that I’ve barely watched wrestling during the games. Not for a lack of trying, though. I did, it was just never on when I happened to be in front of a television.
I speculated during the London games about other combat sports being introduced into the Olympics, MMA primarily. But my eyes widened when I read the other sports considered to replace wrestling: baseball, squash, roller sports, wakeboarding… and karate and wushu. Among others of course. Wushu? I best see Donnie Yen take the medal.
Still, I feel terrible for wrestlers who take pride in their sport as well as any Olympic hopeful with big dreams but just a few years shy of being able to compete in 2016. I wrestled in high school, and though I never won any matches because I was kind of a wimp, it was still a great experience.
Those singlets are surprisingly comfortable to wear.