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  • Letter to the editor: Wrestling is not dying, why take it out of the Olympics?

  • Did everyone catch the article in the Lake Sun Feb. 13 that it appears the Olympic Organizing Committee (IOC) is going to cancel wrestling in the 2020 summer games? Cancel wrestling?
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  • Did everyone catch the article in the Lake Sun Feb. 13 that it appears the Olympic Organizing Committee (IOC) is going to cancel wrestling in the 2020 summer games? Cancel wrestling? According to my research, the modern Olympic Games came from the version played in 1859. I don’t know exactly what all the competitions were, but I would bet wrestling was certainly one of them. Others I feel were certain to be contested would probably have been boxing, archery, fencing, weight lifting, track and field events and others involving physical strength and agility.
    What esoteric events are the Olympics now involved with? Such things as table tennis (ping pong), badminton, field hockey, and horrors, synchronized swimming remain scheduled while wrestling falls by the wayside. Can you see the ancient Greeks combing the countryside to find the best synchronized swim team? The competitors from the 1859 games must be spinning in their final resting places in protest.
    Quite obviously many events have been added to the games. I don’t object to most of them. However, there is tradition within the Olympic movement. Certain events that comprise the core of the games should not be removed by the IOC.
    It is not like amateur wrestling is a dying sport. Most high schools and colleges field teams and the NCAA championships in the USA are well attended. For myself, I hope saner heads prevail between now and 2020 and wrestling will not be removed from the schedule.
     
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