Recently Anders Axklo has published an article in which he tells us: “The Olympic Games for armwrestling are the means to a goal, not the goal itself!” He adds that currently it's important to develop armwrestling in every way possible. A long time ago, when thanks to Igor Mazurenko Polish armwrestling was born, we used to talk about the Olympic perspectives of this sport a lot. We were dreamers... ()
I, PeSzy, thought that the biggest advantage of armwrestling is that it's very cheap. It only takes one table, one hoist, about 100 kilograms of weight, and you can train whole groups of athletes. It's got to be an advantage, right?
Not really! Now I understand it. Why? Let me explain.
Guys, most people are snobs. They like to impress others with their possessions and status. That's why they proudly walk around with bags filled with, say, tennis racquets. The fact of owning a tennis racquet tells others about your high material status because the equipment and club membership cost quite a lot. Meanwhile, think about it – you will never meet anyone showing off their... tennis table rackets. Two very similar sports disciplines, but so different at the same time.
Tennis – insanely popular with the media. Table tennis – popular only within the small groups of professionals.
There's no way to show off being an armwrestler in a chic way. There's nothing to show! We obviously can't be carrying around tables or weights.
Cheapness – it's both an advantage and disadvantage of armwrestling. There's nothing we can do about it; we must accept it as a given.
Contemprary sports disciplines can be divided into a few groups. The first is disciplines which are popular with both the media and the general public. Within them, leading, are football and cycling.