While I wish wrestling was never dropped in the first place, I think ultimately it is a great thing for the sport, it forced itself to get with the times and ultimately will be better off in the long run. I do though, wish that baseball/softball had a chance to return, but alas I'd much rather have wrestling back in the games than baseball/softball so the IOC made a good decision here.
That's the IOC in a nutshell. While I agree that wrestling needed to be brought back, it shouldn't have been dropped to begin with, and it created an unfair competition for softball/baseball and squash - sports in which successful players and teams are often from countries that are not sports powerhouses.The exercise was understandably frustrating, and futile for baseball/softball and squash. Politics, as well as wrestling's initial inertia, are to blame.
The obscure sport of modern pentathlon was expected to be cut in February, but a strong lobbying effort by board member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., an executive with the modern pentathlon federation and son of a former IOC president, helped save the sport from elimination.
So wrestling is back and everybody can go back to not paying attention to it any more.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell
And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.
WRESTRLNG you did
"You'll find that life is still worthwhile. If you'll just Smile." --by john turner and geoffrey parsons
I never would have guessed they were brothers
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare
Thomas Bach (GER) is the new IOC president.