This news comes as bit of a shocker.
Apparently, the International Olympic Committee has opted to drop wrestling from the Olympic schedule in 2020.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
The IOC cut wrestling from the program for the 2020 Olympics on Tuesday, a stunning rebuke for a sport that goes back to the inaugural modern games in 1896 and has produced such champions as Russian great Alexander Karelin.
While modern pentathlon was widely considered the sport most at risk, the IOC executive board surprisingly voted to remove wrestling instead from the list of 25 "core" summer sports.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. "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."
Personally, I am a bit surprised by this move, as noted in the article, it is one of the original Olympic sports. This platform was a stepping stone for guys like Mad Dog Vachon, Verne Gagne and Kurt Angle.
So, with this many success stories coming from pro-wrestling alone, you can only imagine the impact it had on the community at large. In fact, once the news broke, several stars took to Twitter and posted their thoughts about this decision.
Colt Cabana @ColtCabana
The Olympics was like based off of WRESTLING. That's like taking the puck outta Hockey...or jorts away from John Cena #SaveOlympicWrestling2013-2-12 18:22:36
Gregory Shane Helms @ShaneHelmsCom
All the nonsense "sports" that are in the Olympics and they're gonna try and take wrestling out?? That's completely absurd.2013-2-12 12:29:16
The IOC's decision to drop wrestling in 2020 is baffling. I learned life lessons on the mat that I'll never forget. #SaveOlympicWrestling2013-2-12 15:23:50
USA Wrestling @USAWrestling
We have created a facebook page to help support keeping wrestling in the olympics. Lets get this page going strong! http://t.co/DFsBWFKs2013-2-12 16:53:11
As you saw, some took the time to be proactive while others made sport of the decision. Either way, you can see that this move was not very welcomed. For a full list of what people are saying on Twitter (click here).
Surprisingly, Kurt Angle posted something earlier about the topic, but has since deleted his tweet. This is odd, considering he is the poster boy for Olympians in pro-wrestling. That being said, several of Angle's peers made up for his absence and are doing their best to save the sport. Ultimately, USA Wrestling seems to have the right idea by starting a Facebook page for the cause.
Granted, they probably won't get anywhere, as it sadly seems that the committee has made its decision and will be sticking by it.
In the end, this is a huge groundbreaking announcement that could affect how the Olympics views this and other events in the future.