Wrestling Dropped From The 2020 Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that wrestling has been dropped from the Olypmics, starting at the 2020 Games. The unexpected decision was made via secret ballot on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland where officials were discussing ways to “streamline” the Olympics.

Wrestling has roots in the ancient Greek games and has been part of the Olympics since 1896.

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IOC spokesman Mark Adams said, “This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics. 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 (other) 25 core sports.” Now wrestling will have to face off with seven other sports that are fighting for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.

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The professional wrestling world is venting their frustrations on Twitter, with superstars expressing shock and Jim Ross calling the decision “ignorant.” 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle tweeted:

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  • wiz

    this is disappointing, especiacaly because there is a future career for amateur wrestlers now in the mma world

  • Nullspace

    How the hell do they drop wrestling as opposed to something like badminton or handball?

    • Waldo

      Or horse dancing. That actually exists

      • http://twitter.com/JamieEvsxx JamieEvsxx

        horse dancing?…o_O

        • GMpunk

          I believe he’s describing dressage. Which is actually quite harder than it seems I have been training equestrian for years and still am not good enough to even dream of the Olympic games..

          • http://twitter.com/JamieEvsxx JamieEvsxx

            ohhh, I didn’t even know it existed tbh…I knew about equestrian but actual horse dancing (or dressage) I didn’t even know it was an Olympic sport…=P

          • GMpunk

            Its more of showing off the horses range of motion but the trotting about can look similar to dancing.

          • http://twitter.com/JamieEvsxx JamieEvsxx

            ohh fair enough…=P

    • Looj

      I agree with with the base point you’re making but you’ve picked two awful examples to illustrate it. Both of those sports require very high levels of strength, speed, stamina and skill and are no more or less valid an Olympic sport than wrestling. Dressage (horse dancing) is a much better example.

  • Lord Spliffmeister

    with a broken freakin neck!!!!!

    • GMpunk

      Oh its true! It’s damn true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zackery.schneider Zackery Schneider

    I’m Half Greek and I say FUCK YOU IOC.

    • http://twitter.com/StrayXPunk Orestis

      Im greek and i gotta agree.Also wrestling played a huge part on the original olympics.They just add stupid stuff for financial and only purposes.Cut the crap the people are not stupid IOC.This is a disgrace at the very least to history itself!

    • jackhandy

      Not only is it a slap in the face to atheletes of all real sport, being Greek myself I felt like we’ve been spat on since wrestling is one of the first and most vital sports since the birth of the Olympics. And it’s obvious you don’t have to be Greek to be pissed about this, atheletes and fans around the world most notably Americans who have passion in wrestling knowing how vital it is to their sports are shocked by this stupidity.

  • GMpunk

    They should drop amateur wrestling for pro wrestling.. much more entertaining!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732542390 Donte Shoshona Gopual

      lol that would be sick

    • Cooker T

      Why? So Cena can get booked to win a Gold Medal? Waste of time.

  • G.I.R.L.

    This seems like awful decision making. There are countless other sports that should be removed like archery and shooting. Wrestling is an actual physical sport.

    • Adict-ya

      Not good at giving examples eh??

  • http://twitter.com/JamieEvsxx JamieEvsxx

    ain’t nobody got time for that!…=/

  • The Bottom Line

    In all honesty, nobody watches wrestling in the Olympics. It’s pointless!

  • dman460

    it is bullshit that the ioc is gonna drop wrestling. Just plain bullshit.