International Olympic Committee (IOC): Reinstate wrestling to the Olympics!
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International Olympic Committee (IOC): Reinstate wrestling to the Olympics!

    1. Jeffrey Duque
    2. Petition by

      Jeffrey Duque

      Jersey City, NJ

On Tuesday February 12, 2013 the IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program, a surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. Wrestling goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said, "This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics. In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It's not a case of what's wrong with wrestling, it is what's right with the 25 core sports."

The significance of dropping wrestling from the Olympics has a far greater effect on the sport than you might think. Wrestling is not a sport of glory, fame and clearly not fortune. You ask any wrestler what their goal in the sport is or was at any given time and most if not all will say, WIN THE OLYMPICS! To take that way will have dire consequences on the sport and send a clear signal to all the Universities who are looking for a reason to continue dropping non-revenue sports to simply dismiss wrestling since it can't even make the cut of the top 25 core sports in the Olympics.

Wrestling has come to the ultimate crossroads of either throwing in the proverbial towel or standing up for what's right and showing the world why the oldest sport has survived the continuous beating.

It's time for the wrestling community from around the world to come together and show their resilience, strength and support. Let's show the IOC that even if we are down, we have the power, grit and stamina to stay the course and get the victory.

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    9. Reached 750 signatures
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    14. Put pressure on the IOC to overturn their decision to drop wrestling...

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      Put pressure on the IOC to overturn their decision to drop wrestling from the Olympics in 2020

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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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    • Brandon Wynne NAPERVILLE, IL
      • 11 months ago

      It is a True Sport for Athletes.... Don't let the lack of Revenue be your decision. The Olympics stand for more than a business and profit!!! The IOC should be a Role Model and a representation of what is good in Humanity rather than showing the Greed and the biggest downfall of mankind.

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    • Tyler Brown NAMPA, ID
      • 11 months ago

      Wrestling has never made sense financially; but you could never pay enough money for the things it teaches those involved with the sport. Removing wrestling from the Olympics will ultimately remove unique opportunities for children to enrich their lives.

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      • 11 months ago

      Maybe the Russians think it's too gay.

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    • matthew Kramer BROOKVILLE, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      It is the oldest sport know to man. One of the first Olympic sports. Wrestler need something to strive for in their sport. The Olympics is every wrestlers goal, the thing drives them to train harder,faster and longer when they are tired,beaten up and totally spent, The Olympics is the thing that every wrestler dreams of even thou they know only a small group will ever step in the Olympic circle and shake hands.

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