Skip to main content

I have been a reader, and very rare commenter, here at DailyKos for many years now. I never really thought that I would write a diary because I think that most of those who write here are more articulate on the subjects that I'm passionate about than I am. So I leave the fight to them.

But today I woke up to the news that the Olympic Committee is removing Wrestling from the list of core sports at the 2020 Olympiad. You can read the press release here:

http://www.olympic.org/...

I am outraged that they are removing wrestling but keeping shooting. Badminton is fun and all, but to keep it in the Olympics over Wrestling? Even as far as hand to hand sports are concerned they are keeping Tae Kwan Do. Now I respect practitioners of Tae Kwan Do. I believe it to be a very legitimate sport. But if forced to make the decision you keep Tae Kwan Do over Wrestling? in the Olympics? Wrestling being one of the original sports in the ancient Greek Olympiads.

I do not understand this decision by the Committee and I deeply disagree with it as a long time fan of the Olympics. I've written to the press email to lodge a complaint and request information on a possibly better location to send my official complaint to the Committee. Please join me in letting the Olympic Committee know that it's not okay to remove wrestling from it's list of sports. And help me spread the word #savewrestling

Thank you.

Originally posted to faolan on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:07 AM PST.

Also republished by The Wide World of Sports.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Not enough countries wrestle is the issue. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Senor Unoball, RiveroftheWest, tharu1

    US, Old Europe and Russia seems to be it.  Asia, Latin and South America, Africa and Western Europe don't seem to.  

    I think it's a shame, but at the same time I haven't watched Olympic wrestling in years, and only know of some of the guys because of MMA after they retire from wrestling.  

    Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:25:43 AM PST

  •  Both of my sons wrestled, (9+ / 0-)

    in high school, and one in college (wrestling scholarship helped pay his way through college).
    It is a monetary decision, based purely on what "Television" viewers are most likely to watch. I, too, am heartsick that the real sports are falling by the wayside in favor of waving ribbons in a leotard while twirling on tipeetoe, and swimming in tandem while wearing freakishly scary makeup and nose plugs remain Olympic 'sports'.
    Tiddly winks and kite flying can't be far behind....


    When the government wants to keep something secret, assume the protected information would either embarrass officials or outrage people -- or both.

    by Lisa Lockwood on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:28:07 AM PST

  •  Republished to the Wide World of Sports! (8+ / 0-)
      If you like sports talk, please follow The Wide World of Sports, the Daily Kos group for sports enthusiasts! If you'd like to write about sports, please shoot JamesGG or Edge PA a message and you'll be added.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:28:34 AM PST

    •  I just discovered this group the other day (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      tharu1

      from following "jbou", I think. Anyway, I've put this group on my "follow" list too. I think that's why this story was on my stream because I don't recognize the author's name off the top of my head.

      If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On". //"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

      by Oaktown Girl on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:40:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The Olympics used to focus on martial skills (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lisa Lockwood, Senor Unoball

    like rhythmic gymnastics, aka dancing with toys, and synchronized swimming.

    •  lol....sigh. I grieve. Here is another link (8+ / 0-)

      to the story in USA Today sports:

      Wrestling, part of the first modern Olympics and a U.S. strength, was shockingly cut from the Summer Games on Tuesday, beginning in 2020.

      The International Olympic Committee was expected to cut the sport of modern pentathlon but instead decided to remove wrestling based on criteria such as global participation and popularity. .....
      ...Wrestling has a chance to be included in the 2020 Games, but that is likely a longshot so soon after Tuesday's announcement. It will now compete against seven other sports vying for Olympic inclusion: baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu. The federations of those sports will make presentations to the IOC's executive board in May and a decision will be made in September.

      Facepalm- Emphasis mine.


      When the government wants to keep something secret, assume the protected information would either embarrass officials or outrage people -- or both.

      by Lisa Lockwood on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:34:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  No Calvinball yet. nt (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Catte Nappe, Oaktown Girl

        That's not even "gun control". It's more like "massacre control".

        by Inland on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:51:46 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Calvinball? Pffftt. That's so last century. (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          greengemini, TheDuckManCometh

          Get ready for that game they play in Harry Potter. (Lemme google)...here we go: Quidditch Oh wait. That's so last year. Get ready for, what, The Olympic Hunger Games?

          I'm not a wrestling fan, but I appreciate the skill involved, and include me among those who are shocked over this news. Wrestling is so historic to the Olympics, yes? That's like if Martha Stewart decided to drop all the cooking segments off her show, right?

          If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On". //"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

          by Oaktown Girl on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:53:02 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Actually adding martial arts: (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      koNko, Senor Unoball

      Apparently there's a competive martial arts based on Chinese forms of "wushu".

      That's not even "gun control". It's more like "massacre control".

      by Inland on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:53:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Another blow to wrestling...big news here. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Senor Unoball

    In Iowa.

    First many colleges have cut wrestling to be able to spend thousands of dollars to beg women to join the crew team.

    Now this...sheesh.

    WTF!?!?!?! When did I move to the Republic of Gilead?!

    by IARXPHD on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:33:22 AM PST

    •  Don't blame Title IX (8+ / 0-)

      Women deserve equal opportunities to participate in sports.

      •  I teach at a D-I school where that is EXACTLY (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Dave in Northridge

        the situation.

        I agree that women deserve equal opportunities as well.

        Maybe if ALL sports based scholarships were dropped, and only look at financial need, then we might not need quotas.

        We have over 50 young men who participate in a wrestling club since it's been dropped as a school sponsored varsity sport here. I've seen the posters in every building, the ads in the student newspaper, the announcements in e-mails, and they can't fill the crew team.  Or get enough women to go out for track and field beyond the NCAA allowed scholarships. The men's track team has 25 guys paying their way through school to be on the team.

        Can we find some middle ground to allow opportunities where interest exists?

        And it's personal in my house. The University that my oldest son attends has the only DI mens swimming team left in the state, after 2 other schools dropped it in the last 20 years. He wanted to walk on, but wasn't allowed, even though he had OK times. The main reason is because there are men who flat out state that they would rather be attending one of the other schools that dropped swimming, but go to his school to be able to swim. Swimming was not has major motivation for going to school there, he's 3rd generation almost alumnus at this point.

        I'm NOT one of these foam at the mouthers about this. My stepdaughter was varsity DII golf for 4 years. She picked that school specifically because they had not dropped sports to allow hers to be there.  She also played softball, soccer, and basketball. I'm all for sports for kids who want to participate.
        Her boyfriend was a HS wrestler, but since there are virtually no NCAA wresting programs left in the south, he had no opportunities. She went to school in the south as we lived in Florida until moving back north after she was in college.

        WTF!?!?!?! When did I move to the Republic of Gilead?!

        by IARXPHD on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:32:34 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Did any of the schools that dropped swimming..... (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          faolan

          make any cuts to the FOOTBALL program?  I seriously doubt it.  

          This argument has been going on for years and it is always the women who get ragged on.  The fault lies with the governing bodies of the schools that decide FOOTBALL is more important than anything.  

          Or perhaps they should take the trouble to find out what sports women want to play, instead of insisting on a crew team.  Again - not the fault of Title IX or the women it protects.

          So don't blame Title IX and women.

          "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

          by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:51:32 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  How to define equal opportunities? (0+ / 0-)

        Is it an equal number of spots for men and women across varsity sports? If the rate that students apply to get on varsity sports are 1/3 of women and 2/3 of men, would having 1/2 as many spots for women as men (which would give men and women equal probabilities of acceptance) be equal opportunities?  Or is it something else?

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:54:24 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  29 different countries medaled in wrestling (6+ / 0-)

    This past Olympics
    You won't be able to say this for softball if they reinstate.

  •  Really ridiculous (7+ / 0-)

    Considering it is one of the last remaining of the original Olympic sports.

    But, with all due respect, Badminton is not just fun, but an extremely competitive and popular sport in Asia and Europe even though I understand few Americans get worked up about it.

    But surely they could bump some of the exhibition sports from the calendar if they are squeezed for time and venues.

    As much as I like BMX biking, it's really far from Olympic material.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:55:00 AM PST

  •  Not that I'd follow the wrestling either. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Senor Unoball

    That's not even "gun control". It's more like "massacre control".

    by Inland on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:56:26 AM PST

  •  Another mistake by the IOC. Ending baseball.... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Jim H, greengemini

    and softball was the other.   The IOC is heavy with Europeans, so if it is not that popular in Europe it has a good chance of getting cut.
    Meanwhile....Horses are still athletes in the Olympics.
    Badminton?
    Table Tennis?
    Synchronized Swimming?
    Rhythmic Gymnastics?  are just a few more that were left in.

    The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. Aristotle

    by progresso on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:21:45 AM PST

  •  I gave up on the olympics many years ago. (0+ / 0-)

    Essentially all spectator sports have an international governing body with international, college, and age group championships. Without the USSR to cheer against and having zero interest in human-interest drama, I have no reason to watch.

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:16:28 AM PST

  •  Nice 1st diary! (3+ / 0-)

    I hope you are inspired to write more in the future.

    I had read that they were going to cut one sport and thought the leading candidate was the modern pentathlon.

    I'm sorry to see wrestling go, just as I was bummed to see baseball/softball go.
    I actually played badminton in high school right here in the good ole USA- It is a terrific sport and I want it to continue as a sport in the olympics. I think the only reason badminton isn't more popular at the US high school level is because gym space is already allocated to more traditional US sports like basketball ---

    I don't understand why there is a hard cap on the number of sports in the olympics anyway? Heck, even poetry was an olympic event from 1912 to 1948... < I guess cancelled due to a tragic accident in the iambic pentameter?>

  •  Congratulations, faolan, on you first diary. (0+ / 0-)

    Write more.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:57:21 PM PST

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site