Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling both cut from the 2020 Olympic games

In what could be the largest upset of 2013 outside of the octagon, the International Olympic Committee has officially voted to remove both freestyle and Greco-roman wrestling from the 2020 Olympic games and will be adding Golf as an official Olympic sport. You heard that correctly, they’re taking the very first sport that the original Greek Olympics were based off of and replacing it with a game between two men hitting a ball with a stick into a hole 18 times. How exciting.

According to the New York Times, 344 athletes competing in 11 medal events from the London Games will be affected.

The IOC then issued a press release containing their motives and reasons regarding the decision which is as follows:

“In an effort to ensure the Olympic Games remain relevant to sports fans of all generations, the Olympic Programme Commission systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the Games,”

This doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll never see wrestling in the Olympics again, however it is highly unlikely that it won’t be re-introduced anytime soon given its recent removal.

Apparently the IOC evaluate sports on 39 criteria, which includes television ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy, global participation and popularity. Given the decision that’s been made it can easily be assumed that the sport of wrestling feel short in it results during the evaluation. IOC spokesman Mark Adams spoke with the associated press and had the following to say regarding the decision:

“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 25 core sports.”

Given how successful the U.S. has been in the sport, this will be a huge blow to American wrestlers all over the country. Wrestling has been in the Olympic games since it was re-introduced in 1896.

It’s difficult to say what kind of repercussions this may have on the athletes or the sport in its entirety. But with Wrestling’s prominence and popularity in America, it may very well be likely that we see many of its athlete’s potentially turning to a career in Mixed Martial Arts as a means of survival, financial stability and ultimately their plan B.

Let us know what you think of the decision in the comments below.


18 Comments

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    Brasil

    February 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I am sure they are keeping badminton…..those motherfuckers!

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    jmedno5891

    February 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    If a 70 year old can do it as a hobby, then it probably shouldn't be an olympic sport. Can't wait to see these athletic specimens hit the turf……

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    Entity

    February 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    They're adding golf to the Olympics…I thought they were joking. Requires little to no cardio or physical attributes. Sucks I tell you.

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    knn03

    February 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    why not add MMA then? its popularity is fast growing worldwide among fans and athletes.

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      Bryan Fontez

      February 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      It'll never happen, and if it did, it would be some sort of freak version with head gear and elbow pads and shit.

      They need to add Jiu-Jitsu though. Or some sort of submission grappling of some kind. That would be the logical first step to getting MMA in there.

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    Brian Cox

    February 13, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Just one more of the on-going-reasons, as to why I no longer watch The Olympics.

    Only those that old, run down aristocratic twits who run them, could fail to make the correlation between the growth of MMA and how that might translate into an audience for their crappy carnival of dying, don't give a crap about your tired sports and whose-on-and-whose-not on PEDs'. It's a joke.

    As far as I am concerned, The Fireplace Channel (all fireplace, all-day-long) looks like a better-and-better option to, what-has-become, nothing more than corporately supported, "sport-tainment".

    If The IOC and The Event ever wish to be taken seriously, again (IMO), then they need to get rid of professional athletes, blood doping and PEDs' @ the games and not wrestling.

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    enjoylife321

    February 13, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Just wait and the olympic knobs will get rid of boxing next….!

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    Akordas

    February 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

    WRestling is the only sport I can watch during olympics and I enjoy by watching it very much. It is one of the hardest sports.

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    KeithFarrell

    February 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

    They have dressage… also known as HORSE DANCING but they are taking away the second oldest Olympic sport and one of the most traditional and iconic sports the Olympic bears.

    This is a bad day for combat sports and the talk is if it does go then it will wreck wrestling around the world, from international tournaments to USA collegiate wrestling.

    My biggest fear is in 5 years time all the best athletes will stay away from wrestling in high school and college and we will see the end of these young elite wrestlers coming to MMA. The ripple from the IOC's decision could badly effect the level of future MMA prospects.

    I hope that we don't look back in 20 years time and say remember when there has elite level wrestling in MMA, X and Y wouldn't have been able to hang as champ back then.

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    KeithFarrell

    February 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Just think of the countless current champs and top 10 guys that come from high level wrestling;
    Cain, DC, Carwin, Jones, Hendo, Davis, Bader, Sonnen, Rampage, Rashad, King Mo, Weidman, Munoz, Boetsch, Rockhold, Hendricks, Fitch, Kos, Ellenberger, Sanchez, Benson, Melendez, Maynard, Miller, Edgar, Mendes, Guida, Cruz, Faber, Jorgenson, DJ, Dodson, Benavidez.

    That's just naming some of the best, think about the thousands more out there in MMA and at least 100 more in the UFC.

    We would never get another GSP, a non-American who became a master of wrestling through his national Olympic wrestlers.

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    Kevin

    February 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Wow…..I'm just thankful they still have curling as an Olympic sport…something I can play on a table…and have just as much fun.

    What fucking douchebags

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    kungfurule

    February 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Rich peoples children don't wrestle at private school, they do however ride horses and play tennis. Olympics = controlled by world elites!

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    duder113

    February 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    but that modern 5 thingie is relevant worldwide…..sure..

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    clownshoes

    February 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Well, China is about to get a whole lot better at golf over the next few years

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