Wrestling Voted Back Into Olympics

In news that is about as surprising as the fact that Apple will announce a new iPhone later today, wrestling has been voted back into the Olympics:

The International Olympic Committee, recognizing the gravity of its error, reinstated wrestling to the 2020 Summer Games program.

At the same time, the IOC rejected bids to put squash and a combined effort from baseball/softball onto the show at the Tokyo 2020 Games, underscoring the fix it has put itself in as it seeks to keep the program relevant.

“This was a mistake,” the influential Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah said before the vote to reinstate wrestling, referring to the move last February by the IOC’s policy-making executive board to take it off the 2020 program.

The IOC fixed the mistake in a one-and-done vote.

The writing was on the wall for people hoping to get climbing in the Olympics as soon as wrestling was cut back in February.  With only one slot available and wrestling only really in a penalty box of sorts, climbing or any of the other short-listed sports seemingly never had a chance.  Whether climbing would have had a chance had the wrestling situation not materialized is less clear, although it still seemed like a long shot.

This is all more good news for those who are adamantly opposed to climbing becoming an Olympic sport, and I would think it would give pause to supporters of the effort when the next IOC dog and pony show gets started for 2024.

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4 Responses to Wrestling Voted Back Into Olympics

  1. frag September 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    as cool as it would have been for climbing to be considered, wrestling never should have been taken off in the first place

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  2. douglashunter September 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    “The International Olympic Committee, recognizing the gravity of its error, reinstated wrestling to the 2020 Summer Games program.”

    This statement is hard to believe. What set of circumstances would have them cutting wrestling without understanding beforehand that it was a mistake?

    ” I would think it would give pause to supporters of the effort when the next IOC dog and pony show gets started for 2024.”

    Yea, one would think, but there seems to have always been a group of climbers who are really determined to get climbing in the Olympics. I remember Patrick Edlinger taking up the mantle in the mid 1980′s writing passionate editorials in Rock and Wall and throwing his celebrity into the effort. Looking back now, it’s easy to see how young and completely unready for the olympics climbing was then. But how much different are things now? The sport has grown a lot but there are still a lot of developmental milestone ahead of us. But the real issue are probably political and economic, knowing how the IOC works.

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  3. Erica Z. Hartman September 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    The whole process has been controversial. Wrestling’s return means no new sport will make the 2020 program, defeating the original intention.

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    • Narc September 18, 2013 at 10:00 am #

      Shocking that a large bureaucracy would engage in such a pointless runaround

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