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Petitioning Caroline Crouch

The International Olympic Committee: Save Wrestling as an Olympic sport #SaveOlympicWrestling

On Tuesday, February 12th, the International Olympic Committee voted by secret ballot to recommend that wrestling be dropped from the Olympics in 2020. Wrestling has been in the Olympics since it's ancient origin and has been included in the modern Olympics since 1896. I see no reason to eliminate it as a sport. My son wrestled his entire life and I love the sport of wrestling. It is the only sport where it is equal. The wrestlers weigh about the same weight and it is up to them if they win or lose. Let's tell the IOC that wrestlers and their fans around the world want to see this historic sport stay in the Olympics where it began and belongs today. Per USA Wrestling 1) FILA, the international wrestling federation, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling did not expect this announcement. None of these leadership groups anticipated that wrestling was being considered for this. 2) This is a decision by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board. The recommendation is that wrestling not be included as a core sport at the 2020 Olympic Committee. This is not a final decision. This is not a final decision. Let's make sure the final Decision is correct.

Clay Durham
78,075 supporters
Petitioning International Olympic Committee

No Olympics In U.S. Until Trump's Travel Ban Is Lifted For Good!

We implore you to not allow any American city to host the Olympic games until Donald Trump's travel ban is gone once and for all. Athletes work a lifetime to achieve their dream and to have their hopes and dreams dashed because of this ban is against everything that the IOC strives for! "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well." Donald Trump's travel ban defeats athletes from several countries without them ever being able to compete. We believe that those who strive a lifetime to achieve, deserve their chance. The travel ban will not allow for this.

Penny Thomas
15,192 supporters
Petitioning FINA & Cornel Marculescu, International Olympic Committee

Our sport is called "SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING "!

#synchroforever The IOC has requested FINA rebrand the sport of Synchronized Swimming, in an attempt to revitalize the popularity of the sport. In the past 30 years, the sport has increased in popularity, with new events being incorporated, males participating at the international level, new countries participating competitively in international competitions. What both parties are forgetting is Synchro (as we all call it) is a SPORT with extreme ATHLETICISM, POWER, STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY and ENDURANCE. Renaming it as Artistic Swimming does nothing to convey the athleticism of our fabulous sport, if anything it's a lateral move in terms of branding and pays absolutely no respect to Synchronized swimmers, past and present. FINA has only just recently opened the door for Men to compete at Worlds, and this name change will be more of a deterant to males than a calling card. Synchronized Swimming today, compared to the 1950's, exemplifies the Olympic Motto of Citius, Altius, Fortius" - "Swifter, Higher, Stronger", and it does this better than many sports currently in the Olympics. We are a sport that is highly dependent on volunteers, and funding, the costs of changing the name at every level could potentially  cripple some organizations. Is IOC and FINA prepared to help fund this rebranding?  There is nothing wrong with rebranding, as the sport has developed and morphed so much over the last 50 years, with the increased technical difficulty, athleticism, and inclusion of Men. Please involve the Synchronized Swimming community in this decision and make it a positive move forward for the athletes, coaches, judges, and volunteers and clubs...past and present!

Kris Harley-Jesson
10,919 supporters
Petitioning International Olympic Committee, International Association of Athletics Federations

Keep the 50km race walk in the Olympics

IOC/ IAAF decision on the future of race walk within the Olympic Games and World Championships. It has recently come to light that the IOC has proposed changes to the athletics programme, starting in 2018. These changes include the abolishment of the men’s 50km race walk at the Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships and the 20km race walk moving to a half-marathon distance (21.1km). It is our understanding that the IAAF Council are to vote on these changes at the upcoming Council Meeting in London, 12-13 April 2017. Olympians, athletes and supporters of the Games firmly believe that the IOC should embrace rather than exclude events such as the 50km race walk. The 50km race walk embodies many of the Olympic values, most notably how to endure. It is one of the few remaining free events on the Olympic program, allowing all to witness and engage with athletes in their pursuit of excellence. In Rio, the 50km race walk was a global event and one of only two events where the first four finishers represented different Area Federations. The 50km race walk has been a staple of the Olympic athletics programme since 1932. While appreciating its history, we acknowledge that sport must continually evolve to remain relevant in the modern sporting context. Having two men's events (20km & 50km) and only one women's event (20km) is based on an outdated and heinously wrong assumption. We commend the IAAF on measures taken to ensure this inequality based on gender is closing and celebrate the first official women’s 50km race walk world record. We want to work with the IOC and IAAF to further develop gender equality and create a programme that best showcases our event for a modern audience. We propose that the current schedule of events, men’s 20km & 50km race walk and women’s 20km race walk, be maintained until the Olympic Games in 2020. Furthermore, we propose a working group composed of IOC and IAAF officials and athlete representation to assess the future of the event beyond 2020. These measures ensure sufficient athlete consultation, maintenance of athlete’s livelihoods and rewards the investment of National Federations in support of their athletes to 2020. This proposal provides the IAAF opportunity to commit to transparency in decision making and listen to the athletes they represent. We call on Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Committee, Sebastian Coe and the IAAF Council, to be transparent in this decision making process and include the athletes in any further discussions in regards to race walking at the Olympics Games and IAAF World Championships.

Chris Erickson
9,685 supporters
Petitioning Thomas Bach

Boicote aos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno PyengChang 2018, na Coreia do Sul, nação que consume carne canina. (Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!)

Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation! Esta é a nossa versão em português da petição "Boycott PyengChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!" This is our Portuguese Petition for Petition "Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!" Petição dirigida ao Presidente do Comité Olímpico Internacional, Thomas Bach, e ao Presidente dos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno PyeongChang 2018, da Coreia do Sul, Yang-Ho Cho. Vimos pedir a vossa atenção para o seguinte vídeo: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q A Coreia do Sul é a décima quarta maior economia do mundo. Todavia, é neste país que cerca de 2 milhões e meio de cães e milhares de gatos são abatidos todos os anoa, para serem consumidos como “comida saudável”. Sujeitos a inimagináveis torturas e a diversas carências, desde que nascem até ao dia em que são mortos, os cães destinados ao consumo são presos em jaulas minúsculas e sujas, durante toda a vida, sem qualquer tipo de abrigo que os proteja das variações climáticas. Os seus tímpanos são frequentemente cortados, para que os cães fiquem impedidos de ladrar. Em pleno dia, e frequentemente sob observação de outros cães, são eletrocutados, enforcados, agredidos, degolados, ou cozidos ou queimados até morrerem. Esta é uma indústria motivada por lucros irresponsáveis e imorais, livre de impostos e não regulamentada. Promove-se agressivamente com base no mito de que o consumo de carne de cão (particularmente o órgão sexual masculino) aumenta a virilidade e a resistência masculinas. Os sul-coreanos defendem que quanto mais o cão sofre, melhor é a sua carne. Por esta razão, muitos cães são sujeitos a uma situação de terror e sofrimento extremo, antes da sua morte. Muitos gatos são frequentemente cozidos vivos para a produção de tónicos e elixires que alguns acreditam curar o reumatismo. O consumo na Coreia do Sul é tão excessivo que, neste momento, cerca de 20% dos cães são importados da China. É difícil acreditar que a Coreia do Sul, uma das grandes potências económicas do mundo, com um significante nível educativo, continua a perpetuar esta barbaridade. Para os milhões de cães e gatos que são violentados e abatidos nos mercados, nos matadouros, nos restaurantes e nas quintas de produção da Coreia do Sul esta é uma realidade trágica e um pesadelo do qual não conseguem escapar. Se a Coreia do Sul quiser ser respeitada como uma nação consciente é necessário que reforce a sua estratégia ao nível das leis de proteção animal e que proíba o consumo de carne de cão e gato. A crueldade tem persistido demasiado, e é agora tempo de o governo sul-coreano assumir a sua responsabilidade no que respeita à construção de uma moral nacional que abomine esta prática. O fim dela não só salvará muitos animais de um sofrimento inimaginável, como contribuirá para colocar a Coreia do Sul numa posição económica mais benéfica, na medida em que muitas pessoas por todo o mundo se manifestam a favor do fim desta barbárie. Como disse Mahatma Gandhi, “a grandeza de uma nação e a sua progressão moral está em directa relação com o modo como os animais são tratados nessa nação”. É agora tempo para que as questões sobre o bem-estar animal sejam tratadas seriamente, na Coreia do Sul, onde vive uma sociedade que acreditamos ser eticamente responsável e capaz de mostrar compaixão. Isto quer também dizer que é tempo de o governo sul-coreano começar a reeducar o público sobre a importância da esterilização, do não abandono, e do correto tratamento a ser dado aos animais. O primeiro passo é abolir o consumo de carne de cão e gato. Se a Coreia do Sul não se comprometer com o que acima vai sugerido, farei boicote aos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno PyeongChang 2018, como farei igualmente boicote ao nível turístico e comercial. Espero que V. Ex.ª considere a minha mensagem com a atenção que ela devidamente merece. Aguardarei a sua resposta. Agradeço, antecipadamente, tudo o que puder fazer no sentido de alterar a presente situação de barbárie descontrolada. ------------------------- É igualmente pertinente escrever ao Comité Olímpico, no sentido de manifestar a intenção de boicote aos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno PyeongChang 2018. Comité Olímpico InternacionalSr. Thomas BachChâteau de VidyCase postale 3561001 LausanneSwitzerland Mais informação: International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea South Korea's Dog Meat Industry - Cruelty during the transport of meat dogs South Korea's Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry - "Two faces of Traditional Markets" Short link for this petition: https://goo.gl/EfDd3p

KOREANDOGS.ORG
9,308 supporters
Petitioning Thomas Bach

Boicote aos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno PyengChang 2018, na Coreia do Sul, nação que consume carne canina. (Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!)

Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation! Esta é a nossa versão em português da petição "Boycott PyengChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!" This is our Portuguese Petition for Petition "Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!" Petição dirigida ao Presidente do Comité Olímpico Internacional, Thomas Bach, e ao Presidente dos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno PyeongChang 2018, da Coreia do Sul, Yang-Ho Cho. Vimos pedir a vossa atenção para o seguinte vídeo: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q A Coreia do Sul é a décima quarta maior economia do mundo. Todavia, é neste país que cerca de 2 milhões e meio de cães e milhares de gatos são abatidos todos os anoa, para serem consumidos como “comida saudável”. Sujeitos a inimagináveis torturas e a diversas carências, desde que nascem até ao dia em que são mortos, os cães destinados ao consumo são presos em jaulas minúsculas e sujas, durante toda a vida, sem qualquer tipo de abrigo que os proteja das variações climáticas. Os seus tímpanos são frequentemente cortados, para que os cães fiquem impedidos de ladrar. Em pleno dia, e frequentemente sob observação de outros cães, são eletrocutados, enforcados, agredidos, degolados, ou cozidos ou queimados até morrerem. Esta é uma indústria motivada por lucros irresponsáveis e imorais, livre de impostos e não regulamentada. Promove-se agressivamente com base no mito de que o consumo de carne de cão (particularmente o órgão sexual masculino) aumenta a virilidade e a resistência masculinas. Os sul-coreanos defendem que quanto mais o cão sofre, melhor é a sua carne. Por esta razão, muitos cães são sujeitos a uma situação de terror e sofrimento extremo, antes da sua morte. Muitos gatos são frequentemente cozidos vivos para a produção de tónicos e elixires que alguns acreditam curar o reumatismo. O consumo na Coreia do Sul é tão excessivo que, neste momento, cerca de 20% dos cães são importados da China. É difícil acreditar que a Coreia do Sul, uma das grandes potências económicas do mundo, com um significante nível educativo, continua a perpetuar esta barbaridade. Para os milhões de cães e gatos que são violentados e abatidos nos mercados, nos matadouros, nos restaurantes e nas quintas de produção da Coreia do Sul esta é uma realidade trágica e um pesadelo do qual não conseguem escapar. Se a Coreia do Sul quiser ser respeitada como uma nação consciente é necessário que reforce a sua estratégia ao nível das leis de proteção animal e que proíba o consumo de carne de cão e gato. A crueldade tem persistido demasiado, e é agora tempo de o governo sul-coreano assumir a sua responsabilidade no que respeita à construção de uma moral nacional que abomine esta prática. O fim dela não só salvará muitos animais de um sofrimento inimaginável, como contribuirá para colocar a Coreia do Sul numa posição económica mais benéfica, na medida em que muitas pessoas por todo o mundo se manifestam a favor do fim desta barbárie. Como disse Mahatma Gandhi, “a grandeza de uma nação e a sua progressão moral está em directa relação com o modo como os animais são tratados nessa nação”. É agora tempo para que as questões sobre o bem-estar animal sejam tratadas seriamente, na Coreia do Sul, onde vive uma sociedade que acreditamos ser eticamente responsável e capaz de mostrar compaixão. Isto quer também dizer que é tempo de o governo sul-coreano começar a reeducar o público sobre a importância da esterilização, do não abandono, e do correto tratamento a ser dado aos animais. O primeiro passo é abolir o consumo de carne de cão e gato. Se a Coreia do Sul não se comprometer com o que acima vai sugerido, farei boicote aos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno PyeongChang 2018, como farei igualmente boicote ao nível turístico e comercial. Espero que V. Ex.ª considere a minha mensagem com a atenção que ela devidamente merece. Aguardarei a sua resposta. Agradeço, antecipadamente, tudo o que puder fazer no sentido de alterar a presente situação de barbárie descontrolada. ------------------------- É igualmente pertinente escrever ao Comité Olímpico, no sentido de manifestar a intenção de boicote aos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno PyeongChang 2018. Comité Olímpico InternacionalSr. Thomas BachChâteau de VidyCase postale 3561001 LausanneSwitzerland Mais informação: International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea South Korea's Dog Meat Industry - Cruelty during the transport of meat dogs South Korea's Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry - "Two faces of Traditional Markets" Short link for this petition: https://goo.gl/EfDd3p

KOREANDOGS.ORG
9,308 supporters
Petitioning International Olympic Committee, International Association of Athletics Federations

Let women have a Decathlon competition at the Olympics.

I’m an athlete, and I’m a girl. It is my dream to compete in the Olympics as a Decathlete and I know I’m not alone. But the Olympics doesn’t offer the event for women. The Decathlon is considered the ultimate test of human athleticism. For years, men have competed in the Decathlon at the Olympic level while women are forced to settle for the Heptathlon. It’s past time for this to change. The Decathlon consists of 10 track and field events held over a two-day period. It’s been proven that women can successfully compete in Olympic Decathlon events. In fact, women already compete individually in all the events comprising the Decathlon at the every level. Additionally, the IAAF (the international track and field governing board) has recognized and scored women in Decathlon events since 2001. They simply don’t allow the women’s Decathlon at major international championships. This is a simple matter of fairness. If women are capable of competing the the same individual track sports as the men, AND if women are capable of competing in the decathlon at lower level championship events -- why won’t the IAAF and the IOC allow women to compete at the top level? If you believe in fairness, please sign and share this petition. Help girls like me get one step closer to the dream of competing in the event we love -- the Olympic decathlon.

Rachael Wilson
6,830 supporters
Petitioning INTERNATIONAL SPORTS SHOOTING FEDERATION

SAVE 50M PISTOL SHOOTING AT THE OLYMPICS

SAVE 50M PISTOL as an olympic event Pierre de Coubertin is turning in his grave over the ISSF proposal to delete 50m rifle and 50m pistol from the Olympic program The ISSF seem to be doing everything in their power to kill shooting events at the olympic games. Stand strong ISSF. Dont cave in Make 50m pistol and rifle mixed - add a mixed 25 m event - but dont allow this destruction of matches that are the essence of our sport Olympic shooting - the ISSF may be  destroying the olympic shooting programme - I urge everyone to share and flood the ISSF and their local, state and national shooting associations with messages of disapproval Myself, as an Olympian and 50m pistol shooter at Commonwealth games level, and all eleite level 50m pistol shooters  that I have contacted, are outraged at this decision I urge all concerned to contact the ISSF and condemn this in the strongest possible terms If no shooting organisations contact the ISSF with their dissaproval, the ISSF will assume that there is widespread acceptance of this destructive move It is clear that cartridge guns are slowly but surely being removed from Olympic competition under various guises. WE cannot stand by and let this happen without a whimper.   The “anti gunners” would be proud of the ISSF and their proposals   Its a sad day -

BRUCE QUICK
5,966 supporters
Petitioning Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations

Cyclocross in the list of Olympic Winter Sports

We want to ask that Cyclocross can be included on the list of sports participants in the Olympic Winter Games.Cyclocross is a purely winter sport, practiced since several years by cyclists from all world (surely in all countries where many sports of winter olympics games are practiced). Rain, mud, cold, ice and snow, don't stop cross riders.World championships are organized since 1950 and followed by many fans.There is also a World Cup, where the best athletes compete during the winter season, this to demonstrate the maturity and organizational concreteness of the sport.It's an intercontinental sport, practiced by thousands of professional cyclists, amateurs and young athletes.Nothing to envy to many other winter sports, new and old. In recent years, interest has grown more in this sport, as evidenced even by the enlargement of the offer to cyclists by bike's manufacturers regarding cyclocross products. The Olympic race can be performed without problems even on a circuit covered by snow, exactly like a cross-country skiing race (maybe even in the same place). to be in line of philosophy of the other Olympic sports on snow and ice.And if it's hotter than expected, you can save money on artificial snow, cross-riders can ride the bikes in muddy melting snow... As the road cycling, track and mountain bike are already included in summer games, even the winter version of cycling deserves to be celebrated under the Olympic flame, as many champions of this sport deserve to have the opportunity to wear a medal.Cyclocross has all the necessary requirements to be Olympic game! With this petition we want demonstrate the high approval rating which can produce the inclusion of cyclocross in the Winter Olympics.To see realized our dream, to see a cyclocross olympic champion. #crossolympic

Sandro Gaetani
4,496 supporters
Petitioning Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations

Cyclocross in the list of Olympic Winter Sports

We want to ask that Cyclocross can be included on the list of sports participants in the Olympic Winter Games.Cyclocross is a purely winter sport, practiced since several years by cyclists from all world (surely in all countries where many sports of winter olympics games are practiced). Rain, mud, cold, ice and snow, don't stop cross riders.World championships are organized since 1950 and followed by many fans.There is also a World Cup, where the best athletes compete during the winter season, this to demonstrate the maturity and organizational concreteness of the sport.It's an intercontinental sport, practiced by thousands of professional cyclists, amateurs and young athletes.Nothing to envy to many other winter sports, new and old. In recent years, interest has grown more in this sport, as evidenced even by the enlargement of the offer to cyclists by bike's manufacturers regarding cyclocross products. The Olympic race can be performed without problems even on a circuit covered by snow, exactly like a cross-country skiing race (maybe even in the same place). to be in line of philosophy of the other Olympic sports on snow and ice.And if it's hotter than expected, you can save money on artificial snow, cross-riders can ride the bikes in muddy melting snow... As the road cycling, track and mountain bike are already included in summer games, even the winter version of cycling deserves to be celebrated under the Olympic flame, as many champions of this sport deserve to have the opportunity to wear a medal.Cyclocross has all the necessary requirements to be Olympic game! With this petition we want demonstrate the high approval rating which can produce the inclusion of cyclocross in the Winter Olympics.To see realized our dream, to see a cyclocross olympic champion. #crossolympic

Sandro Gaetani
4,496 supporters