Olympic Wrestling shouldn’t be saved because of tradition and antiquity. It should be saved because it’s an important sports, a cornerstone of the Olympic games, just below the big three of Athletics, Swimming and Gymnastics (real gymnastics). Still, the IOC, out of corruption and connections of Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs prefers to keep the modern Pentathlon.
If you knew or didn’t, Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs, the son of Juan Antonio Samaranch, who served as the seventh President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1980 to 2001. When someone holds such a position for so long, it usually takes a little hand rubbing and corruption.
His son, a member of the International Olympic Committee since 2001, is also the first vice-president of the International Modern Pentathlon Union since 1996.
The IOC is talking about refreshing the sport program for Rio 2016, but in fact, it’s simply keeping sports with strong connections to the men in charge. While something as useless and unknown and the Modren Pentathlon, which is a a sports contest that includes five events: pistol shooting, fencing, 200 m freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a 3 km cross-country run. What?! Yes. It doesn’t have many fans, and it was invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, but that doesn’t mean it should still be around.
Few sports provide the endless stock of hilarious photos, oozing with homo-erotic vibes of men and women in very uncomfortable positions, grabbing organs that shouldn’t be shown while twisting their bodies in unnatural ways. In a more serious tone, Wrestling and the Olympics go hand in hand, back to the days of the ancient Olympic games. Seeing it taken off the map, even if it is just for the 2016 games, is a disgrace. But in the IOC, people don’t care. Who needs protection when you have connections?