Petition for Olympic Wrestling - IOC Executive Board for the Olympic Program: Keep wrestling as a core sport in the Olympic Program.
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Petition for Olympic Wrestling - IOC Executive Board for the Olympic Program: Keep wrestling as a core sport in the Olympic Program.

    1. Julie Lambert
    2. Petition by

      Julie Lambert

      Port St. Lucie, FL

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Wrestling is one of the oldest sports and deserves to be represented as a core sport in the Olympic Program. Wrestling requires fortitude, discipline, and commitment to excellence; all qualities that are exemplified in the Olympic Program. Here is a brief history of wrestling and its place in the Olympics (made for each other) from Ron Dicker.

"For the ancient Greeks, wrestling was a very big deal. It virtually defined the original Olympic Games as the marquee event. Among the sport's noted practitioners was the philosopher Plato, who had the brawn and the brains to get out of a clinch; one of wrestling's early sportswriters was Homer, who recounted epic matches.

Wrestling also had the blessing of the gods of Greek mythology: Zeus out-wrestled Cronus for possession of the universe, a feat celebrated in the ancient Olympic Games by making wrestling the decisive, final event of the pentathlon.

Back then, the sport actually resembled what is now known as freestyle wrestling. But this was nothing new. Sumerian cave drawings found in Mesopotamia indicate that wrestling has been around more than 7,000 years.

The Egyptians refined the activity into a science. Tombs around the village of Beni Hasan dating to 2500 BC contain hundreds of wrestling how-to drawings. Many of the moves depicted would be right at home at the Beijing Olympics.

During the Middle Ages, the sport gained knightly appeal that extended to royalty. Henry VIII of England, an avid fan, challenged King Francis I of France to a legendary throwdown in 1520. Francis scored a takedown, as well as cross-channel bragging rights.

Wrestling has global cousins in schwingen (Switzerland), sumo (Japan), kurek (Kazakhstan) and numerous other folk styles. In the New World, Indians were wrestling long before the continent was "discovered."

When Pierre de Coubertin resurrected the Olympic Games in 1896 after a 1,500-year hiatus, officials tried to connect to the ancient past by introducing upper-torso-restricted Greco-Roman wrestling as an event. There was one unlimited weight class, but that didn't stop an agile 5-foot-4 German named Carl Schumann from winning the gold. He also won three golds in gymnastics. "

Many more triumphant moments came from wrestling and the Olympic Games. Wrestling and the Olympics have a long history together that needs to keep bringing us the first class competition and athletic prowess that the Olympics represents. Please help us keep wrestling as a core sport in the Olympics, where it belongs.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Wrestling stays!!!!!!!!!!! WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer
      IOC reinstates wrestling for 2020 Olympics

      BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- With the IOC fixing what it admits was a big mistake, wrestling returned to the Olympic fold Sunday after seven months in limbo and promised to do what it takes to keep its place for the long run.

    2. Rap song dedicated to saving Wrestling as an Olympic sport. Awesome song

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer

      This song rocks and is so true. Any wrestler can relate. We got to stick together........ http://youtu.be/-7P_a8urOjc

      One Mic - Save The Sport (Keep Wrestling in the Olympics)

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    3. Follow link to sign every petition regarding Saving Olympic Wrestling

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer

      This list shows every petition on change.org for the cause of Keeping Wrestling in the 2020 Olympics. Create an free account if you don't have one and sign every one. https://www.change.org/campaigns/save-olympic-wrestling

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    4. Third Olympian returns medal in protest wrestling removal from Olympics

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer
      Another wrestler returns medal to protest Olympic decision

      1980 Olympic silver medalist says wrestling should not be dropped from Games Olympic medalist and seven-time world wrestling champion Valentin Yordanov, who returned his 1996 gold medal last month, today is joined in protest of wrestling being dropped from the Games by Polish wrestler Andrzej Supron, a 1980 silver medalist.

    5. Letter: Wrestling, everyman's sport, should be retained by Olympics

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer

      They printed my editorial. Thanks to all who commented on this petition as the editorial is a compilation of all of the sediments left. Thank you for your support. Please continue to share the petition to keep the pressure on throughout the months leading up to the final vote. http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/mar/06/letter-wrestling-everymans-sport-should-be-by/

    6. HS Wrestling has a heart - get a hankie

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer
      HS wrestling: Joey Kaufman shows compassion for rival Gus Bostdorf after District 3 title run - PennLive.com

      February 28, 2013 7 a.m. Halifax's Joey Kaufman and Camp Hill's Gus Bostdorf had their share of battles in the wrestling circle. It comes with the territory when you have two talents in the same weight class and geographical area. Mat classics are bound to happen.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. AAU, NUWAY, NWCA & USA Wrestling launch Coalition to Keep Wrestling

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer
      TheMat.com - USA Wrestling

      The Mat.com is the ultimate source for real wrestling! Find international college, high school, and youth wrestling results, schedules and links, wrestling education tools, as well as wrestling products and merchandise.

    9. Former Sec of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Demands Wrestling Return to Olympics

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer
      Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld pleades for wrestling to be returned to Olympic roster

      Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is up in arms: not about guns, but about the International Olympic Committee's announcement that wrestling will be cut from the 2020 Olympic Games. A former wrestler, Rumsfeld even felt called to pen an open letter to the IOC pleading the sport's case.

    10. What wrestling means to the world..

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer
      Foley: What wrestling means to the world

      2/15/2013 T.R. Foley, InterMat Senior Writer foley@intermatwrestle.com, Twitter: @trfoley Indian wrestlers outside their Guru Kalwa akhara in Taj Gangaghat, India Wrestling is an inextricable aspect from the human experience. We are born a ball of fleshy mush and spend much of the next 80 years sharpening our mental and physical capabilities.

    11. Colleges could feel impact of losing wrestling from Olympics

      Julie Lambert
      Petition Organizer
      Olympic wrestling: Losing wrestling from Olympics could have impact on college programs

      Potential elimination of sport from Summer Games program would give administrators another excuse to cut programs Over the past 40 years, college wrestling programs have been in a frequently unsuccessful fight for their lives. Nearly half of the 147 Division I wrestling programs that existed in 1982 are gone.

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. Reached 200 signatures

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    • Joseph De Maria KING OF PRUSSIA, PA
      • 11 months ago

      Wrestling is probably the oldest sport, and clearly one of the most important of the ancient Greek Olympic endeavors.

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    • Jill Davis ROANOKE, VA
      • 11 months ago

      Is been part of the olympics from the beginning and wrestlers have trained hard to do what they do and it would not to be fair to take their sport away.

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    • Daniel Mac Alvanah JENSEN BEACH, FL
      • 12 months ago

      Wrestling has been an olympic institution since it began in the Roman games. It should not be shut down now, no mater what the reason.

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    • Nathaniel Shank BETHESDA, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      not a sport for just the rich and privileged.

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    • Robert Kennedy TERRYVILLE, CT
      • about 1 year ago

      Because my son is a wrestler

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