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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

OT: IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics

Okay, the batted-ball sports no longer have the biggest gripe with the IOC.

IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program on Tuesday, a surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games.

The IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon — the event considered most at risk — and remove wrestling instead from its list of 25 “core sports.”

The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.
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Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion in 2020. The others are a combined bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu. They will be vying for a single opening in 2020.

Gamingboy Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM | 133 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: off-topic, olympics, wrestling

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   101. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: February 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM (#4369248)
EDIT: speaking of which, my local airport has a sale on for £13 flights to Barcelona from now until April. I hear it's a pretty cool place, anyone been and have some pointers?



I have been many times, my favorite city in Europe; IM me if you want advice at length, though it would help to know what sort of pointers you are looking for.


My wife is flying to Barcelona all month. She wants me to go with her on a trip, but unfortunately baseball practice just started and I can't get away.
   102. STEAGLES is all out of bubblegum Posted: February 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM (#4369253)
Gay rights activists with a vendetta against masculinity are behind plans to cut wrestling from the Olympic program, the coach of a London 2012 gold medal-winner told R-Sport on Tuesday.
this is important to emphasize because it really highlights the fact that homophobia thrives in areas where people do not actually know any gays. i say that because it's quite obvious that anyone who actually knows a real life gay man would never make such a completely ridiculous statement.

wrestling is literally a wet dream for gay men. i mean, seriously, it's lean, muscular men wearing spandex, covered in sweat, groping and mounting other lean, muscular men wearing spandex, who are covered in sweat. i leaked a bit just writing that.
   103. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: February 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM (#4369256)
well that was more then I needed to know!

Really though wrestling is one of the few sports where you can learn with out any equipment and get good at it. anyone in the world can learn it. and yet its just not good enough. Maybe the IOC needs to add selig, stern, and bettiman. They may force us to miss games once in awhile but they wouldnt #### it up this bad
   104. I am going to be Frank Posted: February 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM (#4369281)
I don't see why you couldn't have the Winter Olympics during the July-August. Didn't realize 2018 was in Korea. I guess you could have it in China or India, or some of the Asian former Soviet Republics, if they developed that sort of thing.
   105. Tripon Posted: February 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM (#4369283)

I don't see why you couldn't have the Winter Olympics during the July-August. Didn't realize 2018 was in Korea. I guess you could have it in China or India, or some of the Asian former Soviet Republics, if they developed that sort of thing.


Television doesn't want to be surprised. NBC would throw a fit at having to plan a broadcast in June-August for a Winter game than in December-Feb.
   106. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: February 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM (#4369287)
Television doesn't want to be surprised. NBC would throw a fit at having to plan a broadcast in June-August for a Winter game than in December-Feb.


Well, the same problem occurs with southern hemisphere summer olympics. The Sydney Olympics ran into October.
   107. puck Posted: February 14, 2013 at 12:29 AM (#4369291)
Men's soccer, is aside from modern pentathlon, the sport that most needs to be kicked out, given that baseball is already out. Not only do the best players not show up, the existing structure, under 23 with 3 overaged players, is not used in soccer at all,. Outside of the Olympics, and Olympic qualifying, there is no under 23 competition in soccer. That is an age group that isn't used at all. And this is deliberate, by FIFA. FIFA doesn't want the Olympic soccer competition to ever challenge any of its own competitions for popularity.


Someone above pointed out that women's soccer is a completely different story. It's a senior tournament, and the Olympics still matters quite a bit. And since the IOC is using this "Sport" count thing, getting rid of men's soccer doesn't gain anything if you're keeping women's soccer.
   108. puck Posted: February 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM (#4369293)
Nearly any country in the world can get together a quality team with the impetus that the Olympics will provide. There's no infrastructure needed, very little development time. You've seen the Carlin Isles videos, right? Who's against that, exactly?

Has he helped? I see the US is currently 13th in the HSBC series, though they made the knockouts (or whatever those rounds are called) in Vegas.
   109. puck Posted: February 14, 2013 at 12:43 AM (#4369296)
a form of rugby that no one cares about

I think I've asked about this before but don't remember the answers. Is the rugby world excited about sevens being in the Olympics? It's pretty fun for a casual viewer, but after seeing the 36-31 3rd place game last weekend between Fiji and Samoa, I wondered if regular rugby fans think sevens is just nuts. That 3rd place match was like an Arena Football game. The 40-21 championship game was also pretty crazy.
   110. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 01:12 AM (#4369304)
wrestling is literally a wet dream for gay men. i mean, seriously, it's lean, muscular men wearing spandex,


And then they saw Rulon Gardner. So began the vendetta.
   111. Greg K Posted: February 14, 2013 at 05:21 AM (#4369329)

Television doesn't want to be surprised. NBC would throw a fit at having to plan a broadcast in June-August for a Winter game than in December-Feb.

They'd just show it on tape delay 6 months later.
   112. Austin Posted: February 14, 2013 at 07:04 AM (#4369331)
i like watching women's beach volleyball for the obvious shallow reasons

I remember when the weather got cold in London and the women had to switch into their warm outfits. I found that it made the sport look dramatically more professional, and I enjoyed it far more. I frankly can't help but roll my eyes at the bikini outfits, but once those were removed from the equation, I could focus on the sport itself, and I was quite pleased to find that it was a lot of fun to watch the tactics and the athleticism without the distraction of the eye candy.
   113. Scott Lange Posted: February 14, 2013 at 07:15 AM (#4369334)
The bigger issue is the IOC's self imposed restrictions on only '25' core sports. It is arbitrary, capricious and designed to screw over sports that don't 'play'.


Its the IOC equivalent of "buy us a $700M taxpayer-funded stadium or we're moving to Portland."
   114. bunyon Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4369396)
Olympic feel good story charged with shooting girlfriend.
   115. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:38 AM (#4369414)
I didn't take notes or anything while reading the aforementioned Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936, but IIRC the author reported that during the first few Olympics last century, the games were known to last for months ... like half a year. Very sporadic scheduling, I suppose.
   116. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4369459)
For the record I like all the volleyball. In addition to the eye candy aspect I prefer the female versions, the points seem more exciting for whatever reason. I play on sand every weekend during the warm months, so that is the sport I prefer (It is not all about the outfit the woman wear, but I admit it doesn't hurt). Sand is (I think) a better game, I like the stratgey better and so on.

And yes the IOC is evil, much like the NCAA.
   117. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4369488)
I haven't played myself in a few years, but I agree with Bitter Mouse.

bunyon's feel good story = Pistorius
   118. Tripon Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM (#4369505)
114. bunyon Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4369396)
Olympic feel good story charged with shooting girlfriend.


This never would have happened if he had legs instead of arms. (Way too soon?)
   119. DL from MN Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM (#4369509)
With all the rampant cheating I think cycling is the sport that deserves to be dropped.
   120. McCoy Posted: February 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM (#4369515)
Year-Opening Ceremony-Closing Ceremony
1896 4/6-4/15 Last event held on the 13th
1900. No opening or closing ceremony. Held during the World's Fair 5/14 to 10/28
1904 is again chaotic in that the Olympics were held during a Fair and were kind of secondary. Officially the Olympics lasted from 7/1 to 11/23 but what we would call Olympic events actually occurred for the most part between 8/29-9/3
1908- Once again the games were held during a Fair were again secondary. Opened on 4/27 and supposedly closed on 10/31 but that is because the Olympics included the winter sport of figure skating which was held at the end of October. The rest of the events had been wrapped many months previously.
1912 7/6-7/22
1920 4/20-9/12 and again included winter sports
1924 5/4-7/27
1928 7/28-8/12
1932 7/30-8/14
   121. Tripon Posted: February 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4369532)
119. DL from MN Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM (#4369509)
With all the rampant cheating I think cycling is the sport that deserves to be dropped.


But the Western European countries love cycling, so that isn't going away.
   122. smileyy Posted: February 14, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4369562)
[118] I think the joke is "He should have his arms taken away."
   123. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 14, 2013 at 01:50 PM (#4369599)
[118] I think the joke is "He should have his arms taken away."

What a crazy story. You can't even root for one-legged guys anymore.
   124. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 01:59 PM (#4369607)

[118] I think the joke is "He should have his arms taken away."


Watch out or you'll get the NRA on your case.
   125. Swedish Chef Posted: February 14, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4369618)
You can't even root for one-legged guys anymore.

The one-legged guys are ok, it's the ones without legs that you have to watch out for, they're psycho.
   126. Ebessan Posted: February 14, 2013 at 05:14 PM (#4369858)
With all the rampant cheating I think cycling is the sport that deserves to be dropped.

Every traditional Olympic sport is rife with PED usage. Gymnastics, swimming, track, weightlifting, wrestling. PED use in track and field created Andreas Krieger. Cycling is just the sport where the Olympics are the least important and there's more opportunity for someone to slip up at a Grand Tour or in the spring classics season. And, frankly, cycling actually does have the tightest doping controls in the bunch.
   127. STEAGLES is all out of bubblegum Posted: February 14, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4369911)
Olympic feel good story charged with shooting girlfriend.
if the allegations of domestic abuse are accurate, the defense won't have a leg to stand on when the case gets to a trial.
   128. beer on a stick Posted: February 16, 2013 at 01:54 AM (#4370590)
Figure out something that can make use of the cycling racetrack or get rid of it.


Go-kart racing!
   129. STEAGLES is all out of bubblegum Posted: March 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM (#4394956)
i don't know if anyone else is following the NCAA championships, but the finals are tonight at 8, and the last match of the night is between david taylor, who's pinned all 4 of his opponents during the tournament, and kyle dake, who hasn't lost a match since 2010.

it should be outstanding.
   130. Publius Publicola Posted: March 23, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4394985)
I was going to mention "nothing is more Olympics than wrestling...than nude wrestling."


Nothing would improve television ratings more than if the athletes, male and female, had to compete in the nude. You know, bring back the ole timey Greek ethos to the modern games.
   131. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: March 23, 2013 at 02:25 PM (#4394987)
I feel bad for the guys who have to be on the ice...
   132. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: March 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM (#4394988)
Not sure I want to watch nude weightlifting. There's good naked and then there's bad naked.
   133. STEAGLES is all out of bubblegum Posted: March 23, 2013 at 09:23 PM (#4395127)
penn state has clinched their third straight national championship with wins by ruth and wright.


but the taylor-dake match is still upcoming.
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