I'm scrolling through the news this morning and I come across this article on FOXNEWS.com. To summarize it says that the International Olympic Committee has decided to drop a sport from the 2020 Olympics, and that Wrestling did not make the cut. The article does not say if it is Freestyle, Greco Roman or both that are on the cutting board. Honestly if this report is true I'm stunned. Wrestling is a sport that traces it's lineage back to the original Olympics in Greece, and is well represented by countries across Europe, Asia, and North America, with both Men and Women competing at the most recent Olympics.
Being a bigger MMA fan than Wrestling fan my immediate thoughts are how, if any impact will this have on MMA? The Olympics is the biggest showcase for Wrestlers on the world stage, and the USA Wrestling "Living the Dream" fund set up the reward US Wrestlers for Medal success on the world stage is much more lucrative for Olympic success vs. the World Championships. My initial thought is that even more guys will push toward MMA immediately when the graduate college instead of pursuing wrestling through the Olympic four year cycle. Time will tell, and this is just an early report, and my first thoughts.
I'll be very interested to hear more about this over the coming months, and see if powerful Olympic Contingents like Russia can do something to protect a sport that is certain to provide them with medals at every Olympic games.