Why Wrestle is kicked out from Olympic Game?

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    Feb 17, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    ^Nothing will help those wanting to eliminate wrestling as fetishization as the conceptual image of Rummy in a singlet! Ewww! icon_lol.gif
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    I do wonder, though, if some of the critics that immediately ran toward homophilia/homophobia as a cause to blame for wrestling on the Olympic chopping block looked right past something far more obvious.

    Many Olympic sports eventually achieve some level of gender equity in terms of participation. There's women's weightlifting, women's TKD, now women's boxing and (at least, for now) wrestling in medal-level competition.

    Stealing lazily from Wiki:

    WikiA sport or discipline may be included in the Olympic program if the IOC determines that it is widely practiced around the world, that is, the number of countries and continents that regularly compete in a given sport is the indicator of the sport's prevalence. The requirements for winter sports are considerably lower than for summer sports since many fewer nations compete in winter sports. The IOC also has lower requirements for inclusion of sports and disciplines for women for the same reason.


    Women are participating in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling like never before. But this is happening largely in our first-world nations where stigmatization of females as competitors in combat sports continues to get relaxed. In Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East? Not so much (sumo is a recent exception, as far as all forms of wrestling is concerned). And in the remaining nations, the pace of female participation in wrestling is probably not fast enough to satisfy the IOC's interests... a challenge that only expands as young women and men start off their athletic pursuits in MMA gyms instead of strictly wrestling mats.

    For the sake of overarching, macro-scale gender equity, IOC will usually keep sports that were primarily developed with women exclusively in mind, which is why rhythmic gymnastics and (famously parodied by SNL) synchronized swimming are in good shape. Field hockey is a medal sport, while lacrosse is not. The other sports have to at least show they're catching up in female participation.

    Indeed, the 2012 US wrestling team honed their skills against boys in high school. Can the sport show growth where girls can wrestle girls at the scholastic level around the world? I'm betting it's not happening for wrestling as quickly as the IOC expects. Coaches like Vladimir crowing about the sport being essential to masculinity isn't helping. Rummy's critique of the Olympics as "Kumbaya session" shedding "martial values" won't appeal to the IOC either, and seems to miss the mark considering judo, boxing, fencing, and TKD are all safe, and karate and wushu are also making bids to take wrestling's place.

    It seems to me that if wrestling will be lip synching for its Olympic life, they need to have groups like the NWCA and international orgs actively involved in displaying a rapid advancement of women's wrestling globally and the prospects for improving the competitive pool for female athletes in that sport.
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    Feb 17, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    Awwww what!!!! icon_surprised.gif
    Wrastling was my favourite Olympic sport!!! it's the only one I liked to watch icon_cry.gif it's so gay
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    Feb 17, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    I second, and third, that homophobia ultimately played a part in the decision, as outlined in the massive, five-year wrestling documentary I produced. Here's a portion of it.

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    Feb 17, 2013 5:33 PM GMT
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    Feb 17, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    I just hate that wrestling has been dropped. I enjoy watching it, and appreciate it for what it is - a display of cunning, skill, and strength. Not just anyone can do it. And these men have to be in tip top shape in order to compete.

    It's sad, but the IOC is all about the benjamins. There's a lot more money associated with golf, and other sports. Wrestling, even with its history, just can't compete with pricey expensive golf junkets to Pebble Beach or Scotland or any other of the high end golf destinations, entertaining those who do the voting. Wrestling has international interest from the USA to Europe to Central Asia (its Iran's and Turkey's national sport - well that and bodybuilding). But it doesn't have the cachet found in big money golf. That's unfortunate. I'd rather watch wrestling any day over an endless round of the Golf Channel (aka watching paint peeling channel).

    Wrestlers are in probably better shape athletically than any other sports. It's the only sport I wish I could go back in time and done in school. It's sad this original sport is dropped just for money.
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    Feb 17, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI second, and third, that homophobia ultimately played a part in the decision, as outlined in the massive, five-year wrestling documentary I produced. Here's a portion of it.


    I watched the short piece (not the full two hours yet) and I think you make some important points. The public problem with wrestling, and touch in general, seems to be much broader. Somehow, we have banned any touching from what is considered appropriate among non-related individuals. You can't, for instance, give a co-worker in distress a hug any more without HR being on your back.

    As perverse as it is, the discourse over these matters - that we talk, research, and eventually codify basic human instincts, like touching another individual, has not led to a liberation that cheerishes healthy human expression, but to oppression. Very sad... And wrestling may just become another victim of this.