IOC leaders have dropped wrestling for the 2020 Games in a surprise decision to scrap one of the oldest sports on the Olympic program.
The IOC executive board decided Tuesday to retain modern pentathlon – the event considered most at risk – and remove wrestling instead from its list of core sports.
The decision, announced by the IOC, was first reported by The Associated Press.
The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.
I’m stunned. Honestly, I had no idea that wrestling was even at risk of being chopped. Have you even heard of modern pentathlon? Because before today, I hadn’t. But apparently they’re keeping that.
PS I just looked up Modern Pentathlon:
The modern pentathlon was invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games.The name derives from the Greek penta- “five” and -athlon “contest”. The addition of modern to the name distinguished it from the original pentathlon of the ancient Olympic Games, which consisted of the stadion foot race, wrestling, long jump, javelin, and discus. As the events of the ancient pentathlon were modeled after the skills of the ideal soldier of that time, Coubertin created the contest to simulate the experience of a 19th century cavalry soldier behind enemy lines: he must ride an unfamiliar horse, fight with pistol and sword, swim, and run
I admit that is kinda cool but not worth kicking out wrestling. Wow, I am really upset about this.
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