Dropping Wrestling from the Summer Olympics in 2020 could be the first step in a journey that would see Mixed Martial Arts take its place.
In an article on SciFighting.com and also a developing story on the Wall Street Journal website it was reported that the IOC would drop Wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics. However, later in the day, U.S. Olympic committee chief executive Scott Blackmun was quoted saying, “It is important to remember that today’s action is a recommendation, and we hope that there will be a meaningful opportunity to discuss the important role that wrestling plays in the sports landscape both in the United States and around the world.”
In that same article further down the line Christophe Dubi, director of sport for the IOC, was claimed to have said the vote was part of a process that began in 2001 after Dr. Jacques Rogge took over as president of the organization. The original intent being to limit the size and scope of the games to control cost and to infuse it with new life keeping the content fresh for audiences of current and future generations. The IOC decided under Jaques’ direction that it would limit the Games to 28 sports, and approximately 10,500 athletes throughout 300 events. To keep it “Fresh” they would then limit the core games to 25 and allow for 3 spots to be challenged by new or even recently outvoted sports.
This in effect puts both the outvoted sports on a somewhat level playing field as they must represent their value proposition like any incumbent would.
I honestly cannot see a better opportunity to make the case for Mixed Martial Arts as Wrestling in it’s various forms is a fundamental element of ground fighting and grappling, which we all know is 50% of the activity in most MMA contests. That being said, who is leading the charge? If no one else has stepped up then I propose you rally behind SciFighting to take this proposition to the IOC in September!
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