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IOC Votes to drop wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics


While many Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts have debated whether more combat sports like Boxing, Judo and Taekwon Do will be included in the Olympic games it is with great disappointment that the IOC announced today they will be dropping what has been considered a major staple of unarmed combat sports for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Wrestling has been included as an Olympic sport since the modern games began in 1896.

It was expected that at least one sport would be dropped this year in favor of adding another for future games. However, it was thought the most likely candidate for retirement would be Modern Pentathlon, a sports contest that includes five events: pistol shooting, fencing, 200 m freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a 3 km cross-country run.

The decision to drop Wrestling was reached by secret ballot over several sessions. At the final vote there were 4 candidates remaining: wrestling, modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey. (All curiously with an aggressive undertone or combat theme.) Some may be speculating whether this is a sign of things to come.  However, the exact criteria for selection, or rather deselection in this case, has yet to be made publicly available by the IOC.

A final vote on which sport to add in place of Wrestling will be made in September of 2013. Already on the list for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics are Rugby and Golf.

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Luca has been passionate about martial arts and eastern philosophies since childhood. As an athlete, inventor and entrepreneur Luca founded SciFighting on the principal lessons learned from his life experience "fighting" to preserve his health and fitness. Although born with inherently poor and inconsistent health he pushed forward to learn as much as he could about the sciences of technology, medicine and mental health. Years of study, working with physicians and combined analysis finally began to bare fruit by his early twenties. Starting with Fencing, cross training and body building then moving to Boxing, Western Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Eskrima and an eclectic assortment of self defense techniques. Luca's core philosophy is that to win a battle every fighter must balance their mental and physical health. Luca has said that "With well developed technique, conditioning and mental focus a sound strategy will most often win over brute strength alone." It is in this spirit that he passionately advocates for the "Science of Fighting".