Wrestling Axed From 2020 Olympics
Even though it's one of Games' oldest events
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2013 7:35 AM CST
In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 photo, Amer Hrustanovic of Austria competes against Damian Janikowski of Poland, in blue, during the 84-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – The pentathlon looked most likely to get the ax in a review of the 26 Olympic sports, but it's wrestling that's been cut from the 2020 Games. Dropping a sport allows the International Olympic Committee to pick one up for that year—and now, wrestling will be competing with baseball and softball, karate, squash, and other sports for the coveted spot.

IOC members will meet in May to propose a sport and they'll vote on the matter in September. Wrestling is one of the Olympics' oldest sports, the AP notes. The IOC reviewed factors ranging from TV ratings and ticket sales to doping rules as it made its decision; subjective criteria like politics and personal taste also played a role in the decision by 15 commission members. Pentathlon officials made a big push to keep their sport on the program.

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Feb 12, 2013 4:55 PM CST
Greco - Roman wrestling, not cage wrestling, is the one spectator sport that always fascinated me and held my interest. When almost everyone finally got on board by finally buying a T. V. back in the fifties we watched wrestling. I am not talking about this ridiculous exhibition wrestling we still see on T. V. today, I am talking about real sho nuff wrestling matches where each wrestler was trying to win, at least it really did appear like they were trying to win. These were very strong men, agile and quick as a cat. My favorite was Don Eagle { he was a real Mohawk Indian }. We all hated "The Spider", but he was a damn good wrestler. I miss "real T. V. wrestling".
Feb 12, 2013 3:34 PM CST
There are few contests in sport as elemental as wrestling. Two people directly struggle with each other, using their strength, wits and knowledge to dominate. The Olympics were founded on such elemental human activities. Who can run fastest, jump farthest, throw the spear, the shot, the disc the farthest? Now the fundamental competitions in the Olympics are tossed aside for television ratings and ticket sales, and personal opinion. Too bad.
Feb 12, 2013 3:05 PM CST
They need to axe all the team sports.