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Both types of wrestling will be dropped from the 2020 games. I found this pretty surprising. Reportedly, wrestling lost out to the modern pentathlom, taekwondo, and field hockey. Can't say I've watched much Olympic wrestling, but it seems like an odd choice to cut.


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It does seem odd, and keeping tae kwon do seems beyond bizarre, but the decision isn't final. It has such a rich history, plus is a sport that has a well-developed women's version, so I'm fairly confident it'll be included when all is said and done.


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They got women's rasslin too? Any mud or jello involved?
 
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What about men's professional wrestling? Can't they keep that? It also has a rich historical tradition.
 
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They got women's rasslin too? Any mud or jello involved?


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What about men's professional wrestling? Can't they keep that? It also has a rich historical tradition.


Russia vs. USA in a tag-team event would be classic!


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This just in....."The Rock is not amused by this oversight."


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The accounts I read said that all signs pointed towards Pentathalon being eliminated, but that a lobby push by Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs (yes, son of former IOC chairman of two decades, Juan Antonio Samaranch) kept it in as he has been a leader of the International Modern Pentathlon Union since 1996. As usual, it's not what you know, but who you know.
 
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Total BS in my opinion. While in decline in many places in the US, it's still as strong as ever in many pockets around the country. Internationally wrestling is still a popular sport as well. There is no true professional wrestling so the Olympics is the pinnacle for many wrestlers to strive for and the life long lessons the sport teaches young people should not be underestimated. Glad to see Dan Gable is taking it personally and has vowed to get this reversed prior to the final decision later this year. I wouldn't bet against that man.
 
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Great...it's only one of the original Olympic sports Smack
 
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Total BS in my opinion as well. More great competition in wrestling than most other sports.
 
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Great...it's only one of the original Olympic sports Smack


Agreed. It's bad enough that they don't have the event in Greece. And now they drop one of the original 2000+ year old sports. They might as well just change the name too.


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I love the tradition of a wrestler leaving his shoes on the mat after his last match. I hope this decision gets reversed.
 
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