TNA Fights to Keep Wrestling in Olympics
Cites decision by IOC not to include it in list of core sports for 2020
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/12/2013 3:56:40 PM
Citing the news that the International Olympic Committee's board had excluded wrestling from the 25 "core" sports for the 2020 games, TNA, whose wrestling show airs on Spike, said the sports would now have to fight to stay a part of the Games.
TNA pointed out that while an iconic sport such as wrestling, which was part of the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, had not been included on the list, "recreational" sports such as badminton, ping pong and handball remained. The IOC decision was a mix of factors, including TV ratings, ticket sales and global participation, according to TNA.
TNA wrestler Kurt Angle was a gold medalist at the 1996 Olympics. ""The wrestling community is in a state of shock with this decision -- we cannot sit back and allow this to happen," said Angle in a statement. "I will do whatever it takes and work with my company TNA Wrestling and the competitive wrestling community to determine what we need to do to reverse this decision."
"We encourage our own Impact Wrestling community, WWE and wrestling organizations worldwide as well as competitive amateur coaches and athletes to have a unified voice to make sure wrestling will be an Olympic sport in 2020," said TNA president Dixie Carter.
No particularly Tom
Wrestling hires a lot of amateur Wrestlers, and other athletes for that matter, to be the future of their companies. They may not all be Olympic Amateurs but the vast majority of modern pro Wrestlers have a background in Amateur Wrestling such as Kurt Angle, Jack Swagger, Shelton Benjamin, Brock Lesnar to name a few. There’s been a tonne more throughout history. I’m also willing to bet that some of the UFC’s future stars will have backgrounds in the amateur sport also.
Chris Roy - 2/13/2013 9:36:23 AM EST
Not having wrestling in the olympics is like having a baseball game without a pitcher. Wrestling was one of the original Greco Roman events around which the Olympic Ideal was formulated and even today mI cannot think of ANY sport that better epitomizes what the Olympics are about. Incredibly bad decision by the IOC - they should pull their heads out of whatever dark place they are in and wise up.
Tom Thorpe - 2/12/2013 10:23:20 PM EST
This is a stupid move by the IOC to eliminate wrestling but Dixie also needs to understand her brand of wrestling and the Olympic wrestling are two different facets all-together. She's also trying to get some mainstream coverage of her flailing organization at the same time.
Jed - 2/12/2013 7:59:27 PM EST
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