This IOC body is dead almost all the time and also at this tragic moment when Wrestling is thrown from Olympic regular (hard) core sports.
Speculations could be:
- To much doping in wrestling?
- Wrestling opened the doors to MMA sport so it was to dangerous?
- Wrestling stopped MMA professional sport trying to make its own amateur version FILA, which was not very good friend of UFC?
- Sambo has very serious internal problems which could also target MMA sport and rivalary about it. Don't forget that FILA wrestling also helped sambo to become Sportaccord recognised, firstly with inclusion in FILA - affiliated disciplines?
- Did FILA helped to many martial arts in the past becoming IF?
- Will MMA sport be presented in Rio Olympics 2016 as Brasilian Ju-Jitsu and later become Olympic sport instead of FILA wrestling?
- Is Pharmaceutical industry interested in a big muscles promotor MMA sports?
- FILA didn´t include wrestling in Sportaccord combat games 2013 - could it be this exclusion - another example of penalisation of FILA ignorance?
- Are FILA wrestling dresses not the right visiual promotor of this wrestling sport?
- Could be the tactique of IOC to make Sportaccord combat games as an example of new orientation - Olympics for martial arts. Now at the moment there are only 3 martial arts and combat sports on Olympics. With wrestling FILA exclusion this strategy would be an easy task with eliminating in the future very unpopular Taekwondo WTF and further very, very boring judo for TV spectators?
Let's wait - in time ...
Wrestling may be the world’s oldest sport, but it won’t be an Olympic sport after 2016.
In a decision that surprised many, the International Olympic Committee retained modern pentathlon but dropped wrestling from its roster of 25 core sports.
“This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling, it is what’s right with the 25 core sports.”
While wrestling will join seven other sports in vying for the inclusion as an additional sport in 2020, it’s extremely unlikely the IOC would add a sport it just dropped, experts said. The board is more likely to choose one of the other seven sports up for consideration: baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu.
Americans have won 124 medals in wrestling, including four by women (freestyle women’s wrestling was added in 2004), more than any other country.
Olympic wrestlers say they’ll fight for their sport.
“It’s obviously one of my worst nightmares,” Dan Gable, 1972 Olympic freestyle wrestling champion, told USA Today. “It’s surprising just from the standpoint that it’s a pretty strong sport worldwide.”
The IOC says its Olympic Programme Commission “systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the Games…in an effort to ensure the Olympic Games remain relevant to sports fans of all generations.
Golf and rugby will join the Olympics in 2016.
“I think this is a really stupid decision,” Olympic historian David Wallechinsky told The New York Times. “It was in the ancient Olympics. It has been in the modern Olympics since 1896. In London, 29 different countries won medals. This is a popular sport.”
Photo: Jacob Stephen Varner of the United States in action against Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine during the Men’s Freestyle 96 kg Wrestling gold medal fight on Day 16 of the London Olympics.