Wrestling deleted from the list of core Olympic sports! ()
The Executive Board of IOC examined the reports on 26 sports, taking into account as many as 30 (thirty!) various factors, with only few of them being officially announced. The criteria included: TV ratings, ticket sales, global popularity, and even issues related to doping. No one knows anything about the other “factors”.
Wrestling is not included on the list!
What does this mean?
First of all, we can see with our own eyes, that the IOC handles affairs of other countries in the world. It ruthlessly passes sentences on many people related to particular sports. Consider the young people who are just about to become coaches. Or novice competitors and their coaches.
Secondly, the MMA in Poland, and perhaps in other countries, is going to get a powerful dose of “fresh blood” in near future.
In my opinion - arguments about popularity, ticket sales and doping are illusory. The truth is that the development of wrestling has not guaranteed ANYONE any profits!
1 - Wrestling is a sport in the case of which it is impossible to sell ANYTHING! All you need to raise a champion is just a cold cellar room, an old mannequin, a few pairs of shoes and costumes. Well, maybe even a bench, rope and sometimes a shower.
2 - But it’s wrestling’s own fault - the moronic regulations turned attractive fights with clear rules, into a scramble difficult for spectators to follow. They have only themselves to blame, but the situation could have been changed.