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IOC Executive Board for the Olympic Program 2020
Mark Adams
IOC Executive Board for the Olympic Program 2020
IOC Board Members
IOC Member
Vitaly Smirnov
IOC Executive Board Member
Ching-Kuo Wu
IOC
Peter Tallberg
IOC Executive Board
Denis Oswald
IOC Executive Board
Frank Fredericks
IOC Executive Board
Craig Reedie
IOc Executive Board
Gunilla Lindberg
IOC Director General
Christophe De Kepper
IOC Member
Gerhard Heiberg
IOC Member
Andres Botero Phillipsbourne
IOC Member
Rita Subowo
IOC Member
Ugur Erdener
IOC Member
Dae Sung Moon
IOC Member
Richard Peterkin
IOC Executive Board
Jacques Rogge
IOC Executive Board
Nawal El Moutawakel
IOC Executive Board
Mario Vazquez Rana
IOC Executive Board
Richard Carrion
IOC Executive Board
John Coates
IOC Executive Board
Sam Ramsamy
IOC Member
Richard Pound
IOC Member
Franco Carraro
IOC Member
Henry Kissinger
IOC Member
Ivan Dibos
IOC Member
Pal Schmitt
IOC Member
Lambis Nikolaou
IOC Member
Mounir Sabet
IOC Member
Patrick Baumann
IOC Member
Haya Al Hussein
IOC Member
Alexander Popov
IOC Member
Anita De Frantz
VP IOC Executive Board
Mario Pescante
VP IOC Executive Board
Thomas Bach
IOC Executive Board
Willi Kaltschmitt Lujan
VP IOC Executive Board
Zaiging Yu
VP IOC Executive Board
Ser Miang NG
IOC Executive Board
Rene Fasel
IOC Member
Yumilka Ruiz Luaces

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

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.


Letter to
IOC Executive Board for the Olympic Program 2020 Mark Adams
IOC Executive Board for the Olympic Program 2020 IOC Board Members
IOC Member Vitaly Smirnov
and 37 others
IOC Executive Board Member Ching-Kuo Wu
IOC Peter Tallberg
IOC Executive Board Denis Oswald
IOC Executive Board Frank Fredericks
IOC Executive Board Craig Reedie
IOc Executive Board Gunilla Lindberg
IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper
IOC Member Gerhard Heiberg
IOC Member Andres Botero Phillipsbourne
IOC Member Rita Subowo
IOC Member Ugur Erdener
IOC Member Dae Sung Moon
IOC Member Richard Peterkin
IOC Executive Board Jacques Rogge
IOC Executive Board Nawal El Moutawakel
IOC Executive Board Mario Vazquez Rana
IOC Executive Board Richard Carrion
IOC Executive Board John Coates
IOC Executive Board Sam Ramsamy
IOC Member Richard Pound
IOC Member Franco Carraro
IOC Member Henry Kissinger
IOC Member Ivan Dibos
IOC Member Pal Schmitt
IOC Member Lambis Nikolaou
IOC Member Mounir Sabet
IOC Member Patrick Baumann
IOC Member Haya Al Hussein
IOC Member Alexander Popov
IOC Member Anita De Frantz
VP IOC Executive Board Mario Pescante
VP IOC Executive Board Thomas Bach
IOC Executive Board Willi Kaltschmitt Lujan
VP IOC Executive Board Zaiging Yu
VP IOC Executive Board Ser Miang NG
IOC Executive Board Rene Fasel
IOC Member Yumilka Ruiz Luaces
I am signing this petition to show you my support for wrestling as a core sport in the Olympic Program in 2020. Many 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 Olympic Games represent. It's not too late to bring wrestling back. In May, when the IOC executive board meets in St. Petersburg, Russia, to decide which sport or sports to propose for 2020 inclusion and in September when you place your final vote in Buenos Aires, Argentina, please consider this plea to reconsider wrestling.

Please help us keep wrestling as a core sport in the Olympics, where it belongs. Vote to keep wrestling and don't forget to sign this petition as well and share with others. I was only able to load 40 IOC Members into the email system so please forward this to other IOC Members. Thanks.