IOC's Decision on Wrestling Proves Greed Is Larger Than Sports

Michael PizzutilloCorrespondent IIIFebruary 13, 2013

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams announces the executive board decision to drop wrestling from the program for the 2020 Summer Games during the IOC Executive board meeting at the Lausanne Palace Hotel on February 12, 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The two day board meeting is taking place to ensure the relevance of the Games.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for BUNTE)
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According to the New York Times, the International Olympic Committee announced the Summer Games would be cutting five sports—including wrestling.

Wrestling, an event featured during the ancient Olympic Games in 708 B.C., has been voted off by a 15-member committee held by silent auction. The committee has given no specific reason for the dropped sport, but the world is loudly voicing its opinion.

But why drop an age-old sport full of history and honor?

The reason is simple and parallels with the underlying theme of sports today—greed.

Ever since Jose Canseco confessed to using steroids, making the public aware of the massive problem within Major League Baseball, the laundry list of athletes—of all sports—who were cheating, doping, bribing, back-stabbing and lying is astronomical.

Major league baseball players even testified to Congress and lied. Lance Armstrong, lied. Mark McGwire, lied. And that’s just regarding performance enhancing drugs.

The NHL is currently playing a 48-game schedule due to a harsh lockout and last season the NBA played a 66-game schedule for the same reason. Let's also not forget the disastrous NFL referee strike.

Greed spewing from both players and management has dominated the joy and perception of those sports we love to watch and it will be quite some time for fans to regain faith—if ever.

Which brings us back to the Olympics’ issue with wresting, according to, the IOC Executive Board believes the Games need to be relevant to sports fans of all generations—also known as television viewership— and wrestling did not make that cut.

In May, eight sports will present their case in front of the IOC to be considered for the one additional sport to be added into the Summer Olympics. Wrestling is one the sports, who will be pleading its case.

For now, sports will continue to be guilty until proven innocent.