Dear IOC (International Olympic Committee),
We saw the news about your panel’s recent decision to cut Olympic Wrestling from the upcoming 2020 Olympic games!
How can this be? Wrestling dates back to the Ancient Games and was one of the founding, elemental competitions that brought warring nation’s together for peace through sport. You IOCers claim that Wrestling doesn’t bring in the ratings and is no longer as relevant as the newer sports? Please, didn’t you guys see Vision Quest? It’s freaking awesome!
And when we say “ancient” we mean it. Wrestling was first a part of the Olympic Games back in 708 B.C.! It predates Basketball and Rowing, and Table Tennis and Diving. For goodness sake, Wrestling predates P.E.D.s and doping scandals!
We understand why you’d get rid of Tug of War (1900-1920), but Olympic Wrestling is a fundamental sport; pitting two men entwined by their limbs, using their brute strength and physical prowess to outwit and out maneuver one another. Seems like the Bravo channel or Logo would be more than happy to air this sport.
Anyway, we’re seriously disappointed by this, I.O.C. Please reconsider. And for Heaven’s sake, don’t replace Wrestling with something totally lame like golf. Or golf.