IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
This really surprises me.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — 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.

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 international wrestling federation, known by the French acronym FILA, is headed by Raphael Martinetti and is based in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. Calls to the federation for comment were not immediately returned.

Wrestling featured 344 athletes competing in 11 medal events in freestyle and seven in Greco-Roman at last year's London Olympics. Women's wrestling was added to the Olympics at the 2004 Athens Games.

Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion in 2020. The others are a combined bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu. They will be vying for a single opening in 2020.

The IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, to decide which sport or sports to propose for 2020 inclusion. The final vote will be made at the IOC session, or general assembly, in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It is extremely unlikely that wrestling would be voted back in so soon after being removed by the executive board.

"Today's decision is not final," Adams said. "The session is sovereign and the session will make the final decision."

The last sports removed from the Olympics were baseball and softball, voted out by the IOC in 2005 and off the program since the 2008 Beijing Games. Golf and rugby will be joining the program at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

Klaus Schormann, president of governing body UIPM, lobbied hard to protect his sport's Olympic status and it paid off in the end.

"We have promised things and we have delivered," he said after Tuesday's decision. "That gives me a great feeling. It also gives me new energy to develop our sport further and never give up."

Modern pentathlon also benefited from the work of Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the son of the former IOC president who is a UIPM vice president and member of the IOC board.

"We were considered weak in some of the scores in the program commission report but strong in others," Samaranch told the AP. "We played our cards to the best of our ability and stressed the positives. Tradition is one of our strongest assets, but we are also a multi-sport discipline that produces very complete people.";_ylv=3

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh

Because, c'mon... it's gay as hell, right?


What's black and white and red all over?
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.
Television ratings? Try to find pentathlon or any shooting sport on TV olympic coverage. All you will see is paired underwater lesbian swimming and ribbon twirling and diving. Maybe an hour of a fruit on a horse jumping over shit. All interspersed heavily with Bob Costas gushing over the tragic private lives of obscure athletes using long emotional sentences.

the Streif

Next thing they will do away with will be track and field, but they will replace it with Americas newest favorite sport, nannying. Front runners for gold seem to be Bloomberg and the state of California.

Chino Kapone

Yo, whats wrong wit da beer we got?
Fucking faggots. It's because the 15 voters represent countries that only won like 3 or 4 medals of the 72 handed out in wrestling last year.


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
Not nearly as bad as naked luge.
On second thought, we should bring that back. If all the Olympic events were done in the nude, I'd totally watch more. Ratings would be way up.

The ad revenue for women's gymnastics would be ridiculous.

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
On second thought, we should bring that back. If all the Olympic events were done in the nude, I'd totally watch more. Ratings would be way up.

The ad revenue for women's gymnastics would be ridiculous.
Woman's beach volleyball is paving the way.
Yet the following Olympic events exist:

Table Tennis
20km race walk
50km race walk
Dressage--whatever the hell that is (some sort of fancypants horse walking or something)

Lord Zero

Viciously Silly
Golf. They replaced wrestling with fucking golf. If they replaced it with MMA, they'd be one thing, but they replaced it with with one of the most boring games on Earth.
Not nearly as bad as naked luge.
Naked kickboxing was worse.


Naked female Olympics would rule (for the most part, unless some bitch was bleeding.)


The Only Thing Bigger Than My Head
Golf? At least those other asshat sports require constant physical effort.


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
Wrestling considers changing singlet for Olympics
By STEPHEN WILSON | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago

LONDON (AP) — Kicked out of the Olympics and desperately trying to get back in, wrestling hopes a wardrobe change will wow those set to rule on the sport's fate.

The acting head of wrestling's governing body said Friday the federation is negotiating with manufacturers to produce a new singlet — the skimpy sleeveless T-shirt worn by competitors — that will reduce sweat and look different for Greco-Roman and freestyle events.

It's a sign of how far the sport is ready to go to regain its spot in the Olympics after being cut from the 2020 Games last month by the IOC executive board.

"I want to change the singlets to modernize them," acting FILA president Nenad Lalovic told The Associated Press. "Sweat is really a problem for the wrestlers. By the end of the match they cannot make grabs, especially for the Greco-Roman.

"Also that will help to distinguish immediately the Greco-Roman wrestler from the freestyle wrestler."

Currently, Olympic wrestlers in both disciplines wear either red or blue one-piece singlets.

Lalovic said FILA is also working on proposals to include women and active athletes on its decision-making body and make changes to competition formats and venues.

"We want to find something that will make our sport much more watchable and understandable," Lalovic said. "We want spectators who come to the wrestling hall for the first time to know the rules by the end of the day."

The changes, which would take effect in 2014, will be voted on at an extraordinary FILA congress in Moscow on May 18 — just 10 days before the IOC executive board meets in St. Petersburg, Russia, to discuss the program for the 2020 Games.

"We have to make changes to modernize our sport," the Serbian official said in a telephone interview after chairing a FILA meeting in Vevey, Switzerland. "We have to show that something has changed and that we can implement it."

As part of the campaign, FILA is planning a "World Wrestling Day" on May 24 with national bodies organizing wrestling exhibitions and other events to promote the sport.

FILA had originally planned to hold the congress in Turkey, but that was considered a possible conflict of interest because Istanbul is bidding for the 2020 Olympics.

"We have to be impartial," said Lalovic, who plans to run for the FILA presidency at the Moscow meeting.

Russia, a traditional wrestling powerhouse and homeland of the great Alexander Karelin, has been among the most active countries fighting for the sport's Olympic future. Lalovic said the Russian government will help organize and finance the congress.

Lalovic took over FILA on an interim basis after Raphael Martinetti resigned as president within days of the IOC decision to remove wrestling after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He said he spoke to Martinetti this week and the Swiss official told him he would not be a candidate at the May meeting. Lalovic said he doesn't know if he will face any challengers or be unopposed to finish the presidential mandate until 2014.

At the IOC meeting in St. Petersburg, May 29-31, the board will hear presentations from wrestling and seven other sports competing for one spot on the 2020 program. Those sports include a combined baseball-softball bid, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, and the martial arts of karate and wushu.

The board could select a short list of three sports to submit to the full IOC assembly, which will make the final decision at its session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September.

Lalovic met with federation leaders a day after talks with IOC President Jacques Rogge, who told him the sport will need to earn its place on the program.

"The other competitors started two years ago," Lalovic said. "We have to run fast and act fast. They have had much more time to prepare. But I think we have stronger arguments and I believe we will be ready to make our case."

Yeah, I'm thinking different threads is not going to help other countries beat us and Russia, which is why IOC took it away.