by Cole Mitchum
Yet another sports controversy is upon us. No, I’m not talking about the feel-good-story-gone-bad of Oscar Pistorius, I’m talking about the fact that wrestling has been eliminated from the Olympic program.
To the everyday, non-sports loving person, this is just another story, but to anyone who knows anything about sports, this is shocking. One of the staple sports of the Olympics has been taken away.
Wrestling has been pinned.
The question is why?
Why take away a sport with so much history? Why take away a sport that has brought so many inspiring stories? Why do something so irrational and stupid like this? The answer is the people in the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The IOC has chosen, it seems by random, to eliminate the sport of wrestling from the Olympics. The reason why: so they could add golf.
Really? Golf? I mean, those guys do have skill, but Olympic skill? I think not.
Golf is played professionally every weekend and is on TV every week. Wrestling on the other hand, has one big event and it comes every four years, and that is the Olympic Games. So why take this once in a lifetime opportunity away from these guys?
There is no reason humanly possible that could excuse the IOC’s stupidity in making this decision. There just doesn’t seem like there is much sense in this move. This is like taking peanut butter from jelly, cheese from the pizza or the chocolate from a Reese’s.
There were many more clear choices of sports that the committee could have chosen to remove instead of wrestling.
There is judo, Ping-pong and equestrian. Equestrian isn’t even a sport for people, the horses do all the work. Ping-pong also does not have the popularity level that wrestling has.
Along with those obvious choices of sports to eliminate there’s synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics, as well. These can stay in the biggest sports competition, but wrestling, a sport in every American school, cannot?
Where is the logic, people?
These two sports require almost no true athletic skill. How does waving ribbons around on a trampoline compare to the blood, sweat and tears shed on a wrestling mat? It simply doesn’t. It’s David versus Goliath, and Goliath has won this one by a huge margin.
There is only a slim chance of ever seeing wrestling in the Olympics again, and that depends on Iran and the USA working together. We all know that that will never happen.
Two polar opposites will not be able to save wrestling from a tragic ending. The end is here, so it’s time to roll up the mats and get your clubs out, cause now its golf’s time.