Thursday, February 14, 2013

No Wrestling at the Olympics?

This is just about the strangest thing I've heard: Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling have been dropped from the 2020 Summer Olympics.  Isn't that like a sacrilege?  Wrestling is one of the original Greek games.  Somewhere on a divine mountain, Odysseus is rolling over in his grave.  Of course, as a martial artist specifically interested in the grappling arts, this is unsettling.  But I also have a pretty big traditionalist streak, and frankly this just rubs me the wrong way.  On the other hand, The Olympics seem to be moving in the direction of so many popular sports nowadays, where the emphasis is more on entertainment and less on sport.  Still, I wouldn't want to be around when Zeus hears about it.

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