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Why did the IOC eliminate wrestling in 2020? As a matter of principle, shouldn't the IOC favor athletic sport, over other competitive games?

Asked by josie (23305 points ) February 12th, 2013

Two questions in one.

The IOC dropped wrestling from the 2020 Olympic games.
All games are sport, but not all sports are truly athletic in nature. Shooting for example. I love to shoot, I am good at it, and I am athletic, but it is not a true athletic sport.
It is however an Olympic sport.
It seems to me that, as a principle, the Games should show some preference to sports that are truly athletic in nature, and particularly to the ones that are intense one on one contests like wrestling.
The Ancient Greeks started the Olympics so that they could do their mortal best to emulate the Gods, whom they considered to be immortal “super humans”.
Athletic ability implies a particular sort of “full body” capability.
Shouldn’t this be emphasized in the Olympics?

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marinelife's avatar

It is less popular. It will compete with softball and some others for a single Olympic spot in the next games.

elbanditoroso's avatar

You seem to think that the Olympics is about sport and strength.

It’s not. It is about money, TV ratings, selling tickets, and making profits. Athletics are only a sideshow.

Wrestling has a low viewership; commercials can’t be sold for as large a fee when wrestling is on. There are other sports (they are talking about baseball and softball) that more people watch, and are played in bigger stadiums. Which means more tickets will be sold.

It’s ALWAYS about money.

wundayatta's avatar

Golf and rugby will be joining the games in 2016. They are much more popular sport. Hardly anyone wrestles any more. These are the modern games, not the ancient Greek games. As @elbanditoroso says, filthy lucre is the paramount concern. So they’ll get rid of a sport that is too poor to dope and add some sports where there’s enough money to seek unfair advantage. Such is the nature of sport these days.

ucme's avatar

As has already been said, it’s all about bums on seats & wrestling along with modern pentathlon, another to bite the dust, just isn’t financially viable.
The olympics, a global corporate brand…who knew?

rojo's avatar

Why, oh why, could it not have been synchronized swimming that got cut??

And surely they would not cut curling from the winter olympics? Would they?

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