The Wrestler, The Golfer, and The Olympics

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    Feb 13, 2013 5:50 AM GMT
    They have taken wrestling out of the Olympics and have put in golf. icon_mad.gif
    I am unbelievably mad.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics--ioc-s-poor-decision-to-add-golf-costs-wrestling-its-spot-in-olympics-201325406.html
  • Dxyankee

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    Feb 13, 2013 6:06 AM GMT
    This is officially lame move.
  • galant506

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    Feb 13, 2013 6:24 AM GMT
    I don't understand why golf is considered a sport in the first place. No athleticism required at all.
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    Feb 14, 2013 12:51 AM GMT
    Where's the outrage??? I'm only the fourth person to post here! icon_mad.gif
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    Feb 14, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    There is another forum on this idiocy that was posted earlier than yours. The outrage can be found there.
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    Feb 14, 2013 1:00 AM GMT
    Agree totally with OP. It was a major mistake.
  • bro4bro

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    Feb 14, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
    It is a fucking travesty. Ping pong is a "core" Olympic sport. So is badminton. Shooting. Fencing. Equestrian. But not wrestling?

    Sadly, this is 90% about money, and 10% becase the IOC is run by a bunch of fat old predominantly-European spoiled rich assholes who have no concept of what it means to be an athlete. In short, wrestling got the boot because there's no money in it, very few are interested in watching unless they are/were wrestlers themselves, and it doesn't appeal to the elite country club set. The old concept of the "Olympic Movement" seems to be dead; now it's just another business venture.

    If it keeps going this way, pretty soon the Olympics will be nothing but a bunch of ball games, with a few track and swimming events on the side.

    I don't suppose it will do any good to complain to the IOC, although they certainly should bear the brunt of the outrage. I'm thinking it might be more effective to fire off a couple angry emails to the guys who hold the purse strings - MacDonalds, Coca Cola, and the other "global" Olympic sponsors. Somebody needs to let these idiots know they're heading in the wrong direction.
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    Feb 15, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidIt is a fucking travesty. Ping pong is a "core" Olympic sport. So is badminton. Shooting. Fencing. Equestrian. But not wrestling?

    Sadly, this is 90% about money, and 10% becase the IOC is run by a bunch of fat old predominantly-European spoiled rich assholes who have no concept of what it means to be an athlete. In short, wrestling got the boot because there's no money in it, very few are interested in watching unless they are/were wrestlers themselves, and it doesn't appeal to the elite country club set. The old concept of the "Olympic Movement" seems to be dead; now it's just another business venture.

    If it keeps going this way, pretty soon the Olympics will be nothing but a bunch of ball games, with a few track and swimming events on the side.

    I don't suppose it will do any good to complain to the IOC, although they certainly should bear the brunt of the outrage. I'm thinking it might be more effective to fire off a couple angry emails to the guys who hold the purse strings - MacDonalds, Coca Cola, and the other "global" Olympic sponsors. Somebody needs to let these idiots know they're heading in the wrong direction.


    Well, it may not be the most watched sport, but it definitely has a lot of participants from various countries. This includes poor countries where other sports are unavailable. They for some reason think Golf is going to draw a better crowd, .... yes I can see the crowd cheering on a golfer until the guy holds up the "Quiet" sign.
  • KarlosSuave

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    Feb 16, 2013 4:44 PM GMT
    Pissed off yes.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Mar 03, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    can't say I agree, but popularity wise golf has it
  • Medjai

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    Mar 03, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidIt is a fucking travesty. Ping pong is a "core" Olympic sport. So is badminton. Shooting. Fencing. Equestrian. But not wrestling?

    Sadly, this is 90% about money, and 10% becase the IOC is run by a bunch of fat old predominantly-European spoiled rich assholes who have no concept of what it means to be an athlete. In short, wrestling got the boot because there's no money in it, very few are interested in watching unless they are/were wrestlers themselves, and it doesn't appeal to the elite country club set. The old concept of the "Olympic Movement" seems to be dead; now it's just another business venture.

    If it keeps going this way, pretty soon the Olympics will be nothing but a bunch of ball games, with a few track and swimming events on the side.

    I don't suppose it will do any good to complain to the IOC, although they certainly should bear the brunt of the outrage. I'm thinking it might be more effective to fire off a couple angry emails to the guys who hold the purse strings - MacDonalds, Coca Cola, and the other "global" Olympic sponsors. Somebody needs to let these idiots know they're heading in the wrong direction.


    It's not about money. There's something else going on that isn't being said. There were several sports on the table for elimination, and wrestling was the most profitable of the group. It doesn't fit as a financial decision, or a viewer count decision.
  • metatextual

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    Mar 03, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    Medjai said
    bro4bro saidIt is a fucking travesty. Ping pong is a "core" Olympic sport. So is badminton. Shooting. Fencing. Equestrian. But not wrestling?

    Sadly, this is 90% about money, and 10% becase the IOC is run by a bunch of fat old predominantly-European spoiled rich assholes who have no concept of what it means to be an athlete. In short, wrestling got the boot because there's no money in it, very few are interested in watching unless they are/were wrestlers themselves, and it doesn't appeal to the elite country club set. The old concept of the "Olympic Movement" seems to be dead; now it's just another business venture.

    If it keeps going this way, pretty soon the Olympics will be nothing but a bunch of ball games, with a few track and swimming events on the side.

    I don't suppose it will do any good to complain to the IOC, although they certainly should bear the brunt of the outrage. I'm thinking it might be more effective to fire off a couple angry emails to the guys who hold the purse strings - MacDonalds, Coca Cola, and the other "global" Olympic sponsors. Somebody needs to let these idiots know they're heading in the wrong direction.


    It's not about money. There's something else going on that isn't being said. There were several sports on the table for elimination, and wrestling was the most profitable of the group. It doesn't fit as a financial decision, or a viewer count decision.


    more likely a nepotistic decision... the modern pentatholon kept it's place because the association head is the son of the former IOC head.
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    Mar 03, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    Boycotting the Olympics after 2016.
  • calibro

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    Mar 03, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    you people always seemed surprised when the olympics get white and more western european, haha
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    Mar 03, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    ....Lol.. Guys.. Chill.. It's just a game...
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    Mar 05, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    Mrap said....Lol.. Guys.. Chill.. It's just a game...


    It is a long time, traditional sport. So shut up.
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    Mar 05, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    calibro saidyou people always seemed surprised when the olympics get white and more western european, haha


    I fail to understand.
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    Mar 05, 2013 6:11 AM GMT
    calibro saidyou people always seemed surprised when the olympics get white and more western european, haha


    What do you mean "you people?!"
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    Apr 07, 2013 5:25 AM GMT
    Anyone who thinks golf isn't a sport hasn't played it. And by "played" I mean walking eighteen holes on a full length course on a hot, humid day. Same with auto racing, it's a never ending stream of people who say they're not athletes -- go Google "Carl Edwards shirtless" and tell me he's not an athlete!

    But to the original point, I don't know how I feel about golf being an Olympic sport, and I certainly don't think it should have replaced wrestling, arguably one of the sports best matching the original concept of the Olympics (not that they're anything like that now, though...)
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    Apr 07, 2013 5:57 AM GMT
    In stead of cutting wrestling, I think they should put all the horses in a circus where they belong.... along with most of the artistic disciplines and shooting.

    same goes for the winter olympics. figure skating and doing fancy tricks on skis and snowboards is all very impressive, but artistic disciplines are not very suitable as competitive sports, because the judging is incomprehensible, entirely subjective, and always questionable in terms of fairness.

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    Apr 07, 2013 1:48 PM GMT
    Horses don't belong in a circus, nor do any other animals.
    Semantically speaking, golf is a game and not a sport IMHO.
    And WTF is "rhythmic gymastics" but a redundancy? Fold it into the general gymnastics competition. Give those interested some banners to twirl around while they tumble around and quit treating it as a separate event. Problem solved.
  • stratavos

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    Apr 07, 2013 2:26 PM GMT
    ... yeah... not the best move to make...