February 12, 2013
IOC dropping wrestling is beyond comprehension
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

Canada's Daniel Igali (left) won gold in freestyle wrestling at the Sydney Games in 2000. (Reuters)

It’s the easiest thing in the world to dump on wrestling, to make fun of wrestling, or to ignore it altogether.

I heard a couple of smart alecks on the radio doing just that on Tuesday, while clucking at the news that the executive board of the International Olympic Committee — the stupid, haughty, ridiculous IOC — has recommended dropping wrestling from the 2020 Games, while retaining sports such as modern pentathlon and Taekwondo.

As a former wrestler and coach, and someone who loves the sport dearly, I’m beyond angry with this decision. Yes, I know there are more important things in life to worry about than sports. But of all the decisions the IOC has made over the years, this, to me, is the most outrageous. And I’m certainly not alone in this sentiment.

“I would not even watch an Olympics without wrestling,” Canadian Olympic wrestling great Daniel Igali told the Sun from Lagos, Nigeria. “For me, that would be the end of my association with the Olympic Games.”



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