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International Olympic Committee votes to axe wrestling

Jordan Borroughs - USA The sporting world was left stunned today when the International Olympic Committee decided to drop wrestling from its list of sports in favor of keeping a sport like field hockey. Wrestling in some form has been part of the games since their modern inception more than 100 years ago and can be dated back to the ancient games. The sport has also produced a number of notable athletes over the years including many who currently call MMA home.

In a conversation with the Associated Press, IOC spokesman Mark Adams explained the decision was based on “renewing” the Olympics. Fortunately, he also revealed things were not final, stating an official ruling on the 25 sports will come when a board meets in May.

If wrestling is indeed scrapped the change will take place in 2020.

The move sent shockwaves through the MMA community with reaction understandably being oppositional. Below are some of the reactions from a few familiar faces followed by a link to an online petition being circulated:

“Unbelievable! What do you tell the kids on my youth team who want nothing more than to be like Jordan Burroughs!” – Daniel Cormier

“All other sports are great and gives back to the athlete but no other sport on this planet gives you what WRESTLING does.” – Benson Henderson

“This is crazy!” – Kenny Florian

“I have no idea how the IOC can get rid of a sport like wrestling. Not only is it the toughest, most demanding, grueling sport in the world but its also ‘along with running’ as the first Olympic sport and the reason the Olympics were created in the first place dating all the way back to the Roman times. Whatever jackasses voted for wrestling to be out of the Olympics should be fired! To say the least…” – Sean Sherk

If you want to let your opinion be heard on the matter, make sure to help Save Olympic Wrestling.


  • climbarock says:

    Horseshit. The IOC can suck a bag of dicks.

  • MickeyC says:

    Stunning! IWhat are they thinking? I am from IA where wrestling is HUGE in both high school and collage.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I read on another web site that one of the sports the committee might add is wakeboarding. What the hell is wrong with people?

  • Niv says:

    This is sacriledge and should not be happening. This is a core sport from the original Olympics dating before 700 BC. The Greeks started the Olympics with events that celebrated martial skills including running, wrestling, boxing which was followed by pankration the first mixed martial art.

    When we have sports like badminton and ping pong in the Olympics and we remove wrestling, I can’t help but feel it’s just another move towards the pussification of modern man.

    I can’t wait for the 2024 Olympic announcement that medals will no longer be awarded and blue participation ribbons will be rewarded instead.

    Man I grew up in the wrong era!

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