I WANT TO GET something off my chest right away.
I never wrestled nor has anyone I am related to, but I enjoy the sport.
It takes a special person to want to wrestle on a full-time basis.
Remember this is a sport where you have to watch what you eat, stay properly hydrated (otherwise you can’t compete. No other sport has this caveat), be in tremendous shape and be willing to have your body contorted in all kinds of crazy ways.
That’s certainly not me.
I have no problems staying in shape, watching what I eat or staying properly hydrated. I just want my arms and legs bent and pulled as often as grappler do on a consistent basis.
Like I said, that’s not for me, but I have a ton of respect for people who do.
My respect for them and their sport left me flabbergasted when I heard the International Olympic Committee decided to drop wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics.
It was a similar reaction to the IOC dropping baseball and softball a few years back.
I just don’t get how you can drop a sport that has been part of the Olympic games since the inaugural modern games in Athens, Greece back in 1896.
“This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told the Associated Press. “In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling, it is what’s right with the 25 core sports.”
So a trivial sport that combines shooting, swimming, fencing and horseback riding is a better fit than a sport with a larger popularity base?
I’m not saying wrestling, which combines Greco-Roman and Freestyle events, has the popularity of gymnastics, ice skating, basketball or swimming, but you’re more likely to pull someone in to watch wrestling than the modern pentathalon, which is supposed to be modeled after a 19th century soldier’s skill set.
Wrestling enthusiasts can hold out hope that the sport can regain admission into the Olympic program, but must battle sports such as baseball, softball and roller sports to do so.
Plus, I find it highly unlikely it’d be granted re-admission so soon after being dropped.
“(Tues)day’s decision is not final,” Adams said. “The session is sovereign and the session will make the final decision.”
It’s too bad they to put wrestling in such a perilous position instead of other sports.
Agree, disagree or just want to comment? Contact Corey at email@example.com.
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Sailors make 1st PIAA playoff start
While Saturday will serve as his Sailors’ first foray into the PIAA playoffs, Lakeview High head football coach Dan York is going along for the ride, taking it all in stride.
Stopping shy of stifling a yawn, York calmly said, “We consider the playoffs the playoffs. When you make the playoffs out of our region (1-A), you’ve already gone up against some of the better teams in the state. So whether it’s the districts or state, it’s still the playoffs.”
Lakeview wins 1st ever D-10 football title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
While Sharpsville’s program has the pedigree — 8 championships and 14 title tilt appearances, plus the 1997 PIAA plateau — Lakeview launched its 1st crown since the district football playoffs’ 1985 inception.
EXTRA INNINGS: St. Louis shuffles the Cards, stacks the deck?
WHILE THE rest of the National League Central Division sits back and watches, St. Louis has shuffled the Cards with two trades, stacking the deck to become the favorite to repeat in 2014.
Although St. Louis won both its division and league pennant in 2013, outfield defense and shortstop offense worried the Cardinals throughout the season.
Last Thursday, the Cards shipped third baseman David Freese to the Angels for center fielder Peter Bourjos, considered by more than a few experts to be the best defensive centerfielder in baseball.
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return
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