Golf blamed for IOCs decision to drop wrestling
By mustang6560 on 2/13/13
The IOC executive board voted yesterday to drop wrestling from competition in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The decision sparked outrage around the world, across multiple sports. And it didn't take long for some in the media to blame golf for wrestling's demise.
The International Olympic Committee is dropping wrestling from competition after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the result of some elaborate secret ballot it holds every so often to determine its 25 "core sports."

In part because golf and rugby are coming to the Olympics, something had to go. This time it was wrestling, apparently edged out by the modern pentathlon for survival.

As such, both freestyle (somewhat similar to what you see in American high schools and colleges) and Greco Roman, each of which dated back to the 1896 Games in Greece, will soon be history. Wrestling can try to get back in, but the odds are long.
This is a poor decision and it would be only slightly less poor of a decision if it was modern pentathlon (a five-event competition of fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting) that got the boot instead.

It's golf that should never have been granted access in the first place.
It is unfortunate wrestling was cut because it definitely feels more like an Olympic sport than golf. But, if the current proposed 72-hole stroke play format doesn't change, then golf won't last long as an Olympic sport so wrestling could be added back before you can count to three.


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bkuehn1952 says:
Fortunately they retained synchronized diving.
2/13/13
 
golfingbumunderpar64 says:
Wrestlings fake anyways. Least it is a sport though. Unlike some of the other crap they have.
2/13/13
 
Bernie Duffer says:
The IOC seems to be gravitating towards sports with the most revenue potential. The exit of wrestling is a terrible blow to many nations in Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Central Asia.
2/13/13
 
Kurt the Knife says:
BS
2/14/13
 
Munners says:
I love golf, but as an Olympic event.....totally unnecessary.

Wrestling has apparently been in the Olympics since the 1800s.....hmmm I think it should stay in.
It's basic and primal (no special equipment required), very Olympic: fastest, strongest, highest etc.
2/14/13
 
joe jones says:
One thing has nothing to do with the other. If golf is in fine. Just don't blame the sport for the illogical decision to ban wrestling. Also don't expect the ruling bodies to explain why either decision was reached. It will never happen.
2/14/13
 
mjaber says:
@joe jones... I think the blame needs to fall equally on both golf and rugby. Since there seems to be a limit to the number of sports (25), adding one means you must remove one. I also think the article makes some valid points regarding the merits of holding an Olympic golf tournament. The top pros probably won't care as much about a gold as they would a green jacket, claret jug, or US Open trophy.

If they wanted to do something about the Olympics, they should remove any sport that requires a judge to determine a winner. Gymnastics, to me, can go. It's all subjective. The same with diving, and synchronized swimming. Bring back wrestling, softball, and tug-of-war.
2/14/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
I am with you mjaber.
2/14/13
 
joe jones says:
mjaber. Well said. I also hate subjective scoring. It allows too much national bias to alter results. The Olympics has a long history of rotten judging.The only reason to have golf as a Olympic event is it gives small , minor nations a chance to have their team walk proudly in the opening parade & to show what they can or cannot do to the world. The results are secondary.
2/14/13
 
mmontisano says:
the modern pentathlon? who in their right mind would do that????
2/14/13
 
mmontisano says:
mjaber, with that logic, they need to get rid of tennis too. which I'm not opposing. wrestling needs to stay.
2/14/13
 
bsta93 says:
Nearly 200 nations participate in wrestling. During the 2012 Olympics, 29 different countries medaled. The sport is inclusive for people of all sizes. Also, both genders compete in wrestling. It's tough to believe they dropped it. Part of their reasoning for dropping wrestling was the lack of tv viewers, but they never showed wrestling in any good spots, minus the finals, which were on the last day of the games.
2/14/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
@badcaddy: All sports have referees or rules officials. In my view, Olympic sports should not have a group of 6 judges sitting behind a table viewing the action and awarding scores based on perceived differences in performance. Tennis has line judges and a chair umpire but their charge is to make "black & white" calls of in or out, not judge the technical quality of the player's stroke. The Olympics keep adding more events that are judged by a panel, which is a bad thing in my book
2/15/13
 
mmontisano says:
yeah, I was talking about the first paragraph referencing the big events. tennis has the big 4 grand slam events. I'm sure pros would rather have those instead of a bronze medal.
2/16/13
 
larrynjr says:
I still feel that the pro's have no place in the Olympics. It was for the longest time, amateur only. Everyone knows the pro's have game, it's much more interesting to me to see the lesser or unknowns show their stuff. I also agree with Mjaber, panel of judges deciding who wins is very lame. Golf in my opinion is the spirit of the Olympics and all sports. Follow the rules, don't cheat, call out your own mistakes. (no foot wedges, play from the divot, don't ground your club in hazards, etc..) No other sport does that, every other sport they players will cheat if they can get away with it. Some few pro golfers will attempt to cheat but you read more of the ones who disqualified their own wins rather than have any question (even just in their own minds) of cheating.
2/16/13
 
mjaber says:
@badcaddy... I'm fine with that. I have no issues with removing a sport that is simply another professional event. That's why I'm not a big fan of Olympic golf. It's just another tournament. Olympic golf should be a combination of the Ryder Cup and the WGC Accenture Match Play.

@larrynjr... I agree, and I blame basketball for the influx of professional athletes in the games.
2/18/13
 
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