The Castration of Western Man and Western Civilization Continues. We dope up our boys so they don’t act like, well, boys. We bubble wrap the young men so they never ever get injured. In response, they stay inside and play video games and the parents cower in fear of a sports injury. Now one of the real Olympic sports that survived from Greek times is eliminated from the games, 700 B.C. was when it started, 2700 years ago! The ultimate man versus man combat is out and in its place what? Baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu could be the replacement for Greco-Roman Wrestling. Wakeboarding??? Roller Sport??? What? Gone is the classic test of strength, endurance, speed, and skill. Lets have some wakeboarding instead.
Do note what is next on the chopping block: the Modern Pentathlon that combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting. Lets get rid of another Western Tradition marshal sport, shall we; the Prussian Officer Corps is rolling over in their graves. Neuter the games further, why not? After all, we cant have warriors competing in scary war skill sports. Lets play squash or go climbing instead.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program on Tuesday, a surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games.
The IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon — the event considered most at risk — and remove wrestling instead from its list of 25 “core sports.”
The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.
Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.
“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.”
Adams said the decision was made by secret ballot over several rounds, with members voting each time on which sport should not be included in the core group. IOC president Jacques Rogge did not vote.
Wrestling was voted out from a final group that also included modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey, officials familiar with the vote told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the voting details were not made public.
“We knew that today would be a tough day for American athletes competing in whatever sport was identified by the IOC Executive Board,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement. “Given the history and tradition of wrestling, and its popularity and universality, we were surprised when the decision was announced.
“It is important to remember that today’s action is a recommendation, and we hope that there will be a meaningful opportunity to discuss the important role that wrestling plays in the sports landscape both in the United States and around the world. In the meantime, we will fully support USA Wrestling and its athletes.”
The board voted after reviewing a report by the IOC program commission report that analyzed 39 criteria, including television 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.
The governing body of wrestling, known by its French initials FILA, called the IOC’s move an “aberration” and said it was “greatly astonished” by the decision.
FILA says it will take “all necessary measures” to convince IOC members to maintain wrestling’s Olympic status when they meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September.
Still, FILA president Raphael Martinetti faces criticism when his ruling board meets this weekend in Thailand.
Russian federation leader Mikhail Mamiashvili said FILA is the problem, and Martinetti’s tasks include defending “wrestling’s place before the IOC.”
German official Jannis Zamanduridis said “a piece of the Olympic idea is dying with this decision.”
Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion in 2020. The others are a combined bid from baseball and softball, plus karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu. They will be vying for a single opening in 2020.
Previously considered under the closest scrutiny was modern pentathlon, which has been on the Olympic program since the 1912 Stockholm Games. It was created by French baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, and combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting.