Recently, the decision has been made to remove the sport of wrestling from the Olympics in the year 2020. This heavily-debated decision was made because it is said that wrestling does not produce adequate ticket sales and is not popular enough on the global scale. Therefore, it has been proposed that it be replaced with karate or rock climbing. With this major change in the Olympics, many are bound to suffer, such as Olympic hopefuls or even nations that are successful in wrestling.
Wrestling should not be removed from the Olympics because it is a historic and quintessential part of the event. Wrestling is a perfect Olympic sport for the modern world. It is a combination of speed, strength, agility, hard work, and dedication. Because of these traits, wrestlers in general are better, harder working individuals than non wrestlers. Also, wrestling is a coeducational sport meaning that both men and women can compete in it (albeit separately in the Olympics).
These factors combine to make wrestling the perfect sport for the world to join in together for competition. The removal of wrestling from the Olympics may remove a large motivating factor for dedicated wrestlers to work hard. As the great wrestler and coach Dan Gable once said, “[o]nce you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy”. This quotation personifies the soul of wrestling and shows that wrestling is the perfect sport for a hard-working, motivated society.
Why would the oldest and most widespread sport in the world be removed from the Olympics? Since the beginning of the Olympics in ancient Greece, some type of wrestling has been included and been very popular. Today, wrestling is still a beloved sport in many countries, including Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, and the United States. Wrestling is embedded within the cultures of many countries and has a great deal of historical significance. In the 2012 Olympics, there were 71 countries that participated and there were medalists from 29 countries.
This shows the lack of dominance by any one country; therefore, it is an internationally competitive sport. Wrestling should stay an integral piece of the Olympics because it is historically rich and is still competitive. With the removal of wrestling from the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is also taking away many dreams for young wrestlers all over the world. Wrestling is a very mentally and physically challenging sport. “More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride.
Some have wrestled without great skill, none have wrestled without pride”(Dan Gable). To become successful at it, one must practice regularly and put in a large amount of work. In the United States alone there are over 260,000 wrestlers who have put in this work and dedication. Yet, this is only a small portion of the wrestlers in the world. With this being a small example of the world, it is hard to not think of the multitudes of young Olympic hopefuls whose dreams are being crushed with the removal of wrestling from the Olympics.
Wrestling should not be removed from the Olympics because it is a historic sport that has a positive impact on its participants. Without it, the Olympics will not be the same. Its effect on society can be seen by the influential people who have participated in the sport such as Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Andrew Jackson. Although these people did not wrestle at the Olympic or even collegiate level, one could come to the conclusion that without wrestling in the Olympics many people would not have the positive influence of the historic sport of wrestling in their lives.