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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2013, 10:47:18 AM »
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Yordanov returns gold in protest at wrestling’s demise | Reuters
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Feb 20 (Reuters) – Bulgarian wrestling federation president Valentin Yordanov sent back his Olympic gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games on Wednesday, protesting against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation to drop the sport from the Games.

“As a sign of protest I am returning my gold medal, won at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne,” seven-times world champion Yordanov wrote in a letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge shown at an emotional news conference.

The wrestling world was shocked last week when the IOC made a surprise recommendation to drop the sport from 2020.

“With this act I express my solidarity with the millions of athletes and fans of our sport who are condemning the recommendation of the IOC,” added the 53-year-old, who is also a seven-time European champion.

“Our sport is an integral part of the Olympic movement and one of the foundations of both the ancient and modern Olympics.”

Bulgarian wrestlers have won 16 Olympic titles, making wrestling the most successful sport in the Balkan country.

Yordanov, the only wrestler to win 10 medals at world championships, retired in 1996, soon after winning the gold at the Atlanta Games in the freestyle 52-kg category.

Some of Bulgarian wrestling’s biggest names expressed their support for Yordanov, saying they believed that the IOC would scrap the plans to drop the sport.

Bulgarian Greco-Roman wrestling national team coach Armen Nazarian, a double Olympic champion, said he was considering going on hunger strike in protest.

Yordanov said that IOC president Rogge had achieved something that many politicians had failed to do.

“He unreservedly united Russia, the United States and Iran for a single cause – saving the sport of wrestling, without which the Olympics will never be the same,” Yordanov said.

Contested in the first modern Olympics in 1896 and part of the ancient Games in Olympia, wrestling joins baseball and softball, making a joint bid, martial arts karate and wushu, rollersports, wakeboarding and squash as candidate sports battling for one vacant spot in a revamped programme.

The IOC executive board will meet in St Petersburg in May to determine which of them will be put to the vote in September at the IOC session in Buenos Aires.

Less than a week after the IOC’s recommendation, wrestling’s world governing body (FILA) president Raphael Martinetti resigned.

Wrestling’s surprise exit has been blamed by some on a lack of political support within the IOC executive board, where other sports at risk – including modern pentathlon and taekwondo – had the upper hand with representatives in the 15-member group.

The Bulgarian sports ministry said it would continue to back and fund the domestic wrestling federation regardless of the final IOC decision in September. (Editing by Clare Fallon)
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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2013, 10:51:51 AM »
Russia Vows to Reverse Wrestling’s Removal From Olympics – Bloomberg
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Russia vowed to overturn a decision to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Olympics, saying the move flouts the games’ traditions and the interests of hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

“We will look for a compromise and ways to convince the members of the International Olympic Committee that this sport, which was part of the ancient games and is loved by hundreds of millions of people across the globe, should remain,” Mikhail Mamiashvili, Russia’s representative to the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, or FILA, said by phone from Thailand today.

FILA dismissed its president, Raphael Martinetti of Switzerland, two days ago at a meeting in Thailand, after Russia accused him of negligence for failing to prevent the Olympic exclusion. Russia won four of its 24 Olympic gold medals last year in wrestling. Russians dominated the medals count in the sport during the London games, with 11 in total, followed by Azerbaijan and Iran.

Wrestling, which has been in the modern Olympic program since 1896 and was part of the ancient games in Greece, was removed from the “core sports” for the 2020 games, the International Olympic Committee said Feb. 12. Instead, it will vie for a place with karate, roller sports, climbing, squash, wakeboarding and the Chinese martial art of wushu, as well as baseball and softball, which are seeking inclusion under a single sports banner.

No Confidence

Mamiashvili spent half the night trying to persuade colleagues to oust Martinetti, the Russian Wrestling Federation said in a statement on its website on Feb. 16. The move followed a vote of no confidence by the FILA board in Thailand, according to the federation, which Mamiashvili heads.

Martinetti “bears full responsibility for what happened,” Mamiashvili said today. “He completely distanced himself from resolving the problem and didn’t keep the board informed for several years.”

FILA will elect a new head in late April or early May, according to the Russian federation.
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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2013, 09:32:57 AM »
The best article I've seen on the subject. Telling it like it really is.

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Mike Moran’s Sports Commentary
February 12, 2013   
 
IOC Drops Wrestling From Olympic Games – A Slap In The Face To America’s Athletes And Their Dreams
 
Dan Gable, Bruce Baumgartner, Jeff Blatnick, John Smith, Rulon Gardner, Dave Schultz, Kenny Monday, Cael Sanderson, Colorado Springs’ own Henry Cejudo. Household names and American sport heroes, just part of the list of the 50 American wrestlers who have won Olympic gold since it became one of the original sports at the 1896 Modern Games in Athens.
America has competed in wrestling in every Games other than the star-crossed 1980 Games in Moscow, when the desperate White House and President Jimmy Carter forced the United States Olympic Team to stay home as a matter of “national security,” foolishly dreaming that the threat of an Olympic boycott by America would force Soviet armed forces out of Afghanistan after the December 1979 invasion.
Who knew then it would be Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson and his covert efforts to ultimately send the Soviet forces home in 1989, not the 500 American athletes who were denied the chance to realize their dreams in Moscow and embarrass the USSR on its home turf?
Like three-time world wrestling champion Lee Kemp or world champion Chris Campbell, or Russ Hellickson and Dan Chandler.
The United States has won more Olympic wrestling medals, a total of 125, than any other currently existing nation in Olympic history, and the sport has produced some of the nation’s genuine Olympic heroes.
More than 8,000 men and women wrestle in some 235 NCAA programs, and more than 265,000 boys and girls wrestle in high school programs across America. It’s likely that most of them share a common dream………..to make the United States Olympic Team and win a medal for their family and their country.
Like Henry Cejudo in Beijing in 2008, the child of a Mexican family that entered the United States illegally, with his mother now a United States citizen. He realized the American Dream because of wrestling, and he made the USA proud of him and his struggle to get to the podium. He won a state title at Coronado High and entered the resident athlete program at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center on the way to becoming the youngest American wrestler to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games.
As of this morning, it is likely that they will never get the chance the chase that dream or stand on the medal podium after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio conclude. In sweaty, small wrestling facilities across America today, the news is reaching girls and boys of all ages. It’s like a death in the family.
Dropping Olympic sports like wrestling has been an easy way for major U.S. colleges to reduce their budgets and continue the never-ending excesses of football and basketball.
What happens now to the schools that have maintained wrestling programs in light of the IOC’s appalling move this morning?
In a shocking move, the International Olympic Committee voted today to drop wrestling from its schedule for the 2020 Games. The unexpected decision to drop a sport where 71 nations participated in London last summer and women’s wrestling was added in 2004 was made via secret ballot during a Tuesday meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, where officials were discussing ways to "streamline" the Olympics.
Now wrestling will have to face off with seven other sports that are fighting for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics, including baseball and softball, which were dropped from the Olympics after Beijing in 2008 and sports trying to make the Olympics for the first time, including karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wake boarding and wushu. Most experienced Olympic media think it is "extremely unlikely" that wrestling would be brought back so soon after the committee voted to eliminate it.
"This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. "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."

Adams said the decision was made by secret ballot over several rounds, with members voting each time on which sport should not be included in the core group. IOC President Jacques Rogge did not vote.
Wrestling was voted out from a final group that also included modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey, officials familiar with the vote told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the voting details were not made public.
Pardon me, no disrespect intended, but wake boarding, wushu (a full contact sport based on Chinese martial arts) and sport climbing would seem to be a better fit in our own Rocky Mountain State Games than the Olympic Games.
Wrestling is known as the world's oldest competitive sport. It dates to cave drawings of wrestling found as far back as 3000 BC and was part of the ancient Olympics in 708 BC. When the modern Games resumed in 1896, wrestling was one of nine sports on the program.
The sport now faces a tough, politically-charged and contentious battle to get back on the Olympic program in 2020 and beyond. The IOC, which has just reached peace and harmony with the United States Olympic Committee over a decade-long issue regarding the split of revenues from American television rights and worldwide sponsorships, takes a step today that is a gut-punch to thousands of American men and women in wrestling, one of our nation’s most popular sports.
"The USOC is an absolutely crucial pillar in the Olympic Movement”, said IOC president Jacques Rogge. “This agreement lays a cornerstone which will provide the foundations for the continued growth of the Movement and our shared values, not just in the United States but around the world," he added.
So now the IOC has dropped wrestling after opening it to women in 2004, dropped softball, where women were excelling from around the world, and canned baseball on the grounds that it would not provide the best athletes in the world from Major League Baseball, as well as the sport’s highly-publicized performance-enhancing drug issues.
It blew off two superb bids by New York and Chicago in their quests to land the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, but the IOC continually mouths its “respect” and admiration for the United States and its magnificent contributions to the Olympic movement.
It’s a brutal morning full of shock, anger and determination at the offices of USA Wrestling in Colorado Springs today, as one can imagine.
"We knew that today would be a tough day for American athletes competing in whatever sport was identified by the IOC Executive Board,” said USOC Chief Executive Scott Blackmun. “Given the history and tradition of wrestling, and its popularity and universality, we were surprised when the decision was announced. It is important to remember that today's action is a recommendation, and we hope that there will be a meaningful opportunity to discuss the important role that wrestling plays in the sports landscape both in the United States and around the world. In the meantime, we will fully support USA Wrestling and its athletes."
With news of the International Olympic Committee deciding to drop wrestling as one of its core Olympic sports in 2020, USA wrestling has created a Facebook page to help support Olympic wrestling. The Facebook page is titled “Keep Wrestling in the Olympics.” The page is intended to be a worldwide effort to inform the International Olympic Committee and the world that wrestling should be an Olympic sport.

USA Wrestling would ask every supporter of wrestling to “like” the “Keep Wrestling in the Olympics” Facebook page and to spread the word to every corner of America’s wrestling community.
This morning, my mind’s eye sees Blatnick rise in triumph on the mat in Los Angeles in 1984 after winning his gold and defeating cancer. I see the faces of those wrestlers on the 1980 Olympic Team that stayed home during USOC ceremonies in Washington at the Capitol and their tears of disappointment. And I see Gardner placing his shoes on the mat in Athens in 2004 in a symbol that he was retiring, just four years after his stunning upset of Russia’s Alexandr Karelin for the gold medal in Sydney.
Now, we are told there may be no more wrestling in the Games after 2016?
Shame on those who made that decision this morning, and their “secret” vote in Lausanne.
Mike Moran was the chief spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee from 1978-2003 and Games from Lake Placid to Salt Lake City. He served as the Sports Information Director at Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado, and has lived in Colorado Springs for 34 years and is the Senior Media Consultant for the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and keynote speaker and emcee for numerous sports events. mike@thesportscorp.org
 
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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2013, 01:30:00 PM »

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Okla. Town Can't Fathom Olympics Without Wrestling

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press
PERRY, Okla. February 23, 2013 (AP)
This Oklahoma prairie town expects three things from its boys: Go to church, earn good grades in school and win a state championship in wrestling.

Perry is a place that eats, sleeps and breathes wrestling. A rebuilding year is one when the Perry Maroons only take state by a few points. Former coach John Divine, whose name is on the high school gym, used to tell his boys: "I'm behind you 100 percent — win or draw." And when current coach Ronnie Delk was being considered for the job a couple years ago, he had to explain to the local newspaper why he was the best man for the position because he was an outsider — the first non-Perry alumni since the 1930s to lead the team.

So it has hit residents here particularly hard that the executive board of the International Olympic Committee recently voted to cut the sport from the 2020 Olympics. USA Wrestling, joined by its international counterparts, has since pledged to try to stop the committee from going through with its decision, but whether they can successfully lobby for a reversal is uncertain at best.

"I never dreamed they'd take it out," said Danny Hodge, a local legend who won a silver medal at the 1956 Olympics and, at 80 years old, can still crush an apple in his vise-grip of a right hand. "It means so much for the kids, and now they can't go. I never thought the committee would take out the world's oldest sport."
Hodge, who remembers training for his beloved sport by jogging with a brick in each hand, explains that while other nationally-promoted and better-televised sports have professional leagues and championship games athletes hope to win, going to an Olympics is the pinnacle event for a wrestler.

"It's a shock," he said in his living room, dozens of medals and accolades nearby.

The central Oklahoma town of around 5,200, where the major employer is the headquarters of Ditch Witch trenching machines, seems to exist for a singular purpose: breeding championship-caliber wrestling teams. It's difficult to find someone here who didn't wrestle, or isn't related to or friends with a wrestler past or present. Unlike other high schools across Oklahoma and the country that emphasize football or basketball, wrestling is king here, and boasts its own homecoming celebration and royalty court. Some kids here start training as young as five or six.

"Every boy in this town wants to wear this singlet," said Delk, holding up a maroon wrestling uniform.

Scott Chenoweth, a former coach who led the Maroons to 12 state championships during his tenure and is now school superintendent, described the lofty goals he remembers when he was wrestling here in the mid-1980s:

"It's always expected it's going to be Perry vs. X for state," he says. "That's when it gets rough."

Since 1961, Perry has never gone more than two years without winning a state title. It placed second last year, and that trophy sits in dishonor on a metal folding chair at the entrance to the team's training room, greeting the boys before each practice.

The school's impressive run boasts nearly 40 state championships since 1952, including six straight in the 1960s, 11 in a row from 1971-1981 and eight of the last nine.

Delk said the Maroons are considered the underdogs at this weekend's state finals, but a smile quickly curls across his lips, suggesting he knows something every other coach doesn't: This is Perry, after all, of course they'll pull it off.

Before one of the team's three daily practices, Perry wrestlers described the potential loss of their sport in the Olympics like they would the death of a teammate.

"That hurts. It kind of shoots down your dreams," said senior team captain Austin Allen, 19, who has put his ambitions of wrestling in college on hold for now because of the IOC's decision.

Senior Tevin Williams, 18, who placed a note by his alarm clock this season reminding him that he's "training to be a state champion like there's no tomorrow," described the decision as "heartbreaking."

"That prestige, to say 'I'm the best in the world,' is gone," Williams said.

Mark Kirk, who graduated from Perry High School in 1975 and was state runner-up that year, wrote a 200-page book, The Maroon Dynasty, chronicling the school's incredible run. He said he was "devastated" to hear of the IOC's decision, but offered an optimistic outlook on the sport's endurance — especially in places like Perry, Okla.

"It's a passion for people," Kirk said. "The hardcore wrestlers and wrestling fans are always going to be there. It never is going to fade away."

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/okla-town-fathom-olympics-wrestling-18570242

On a side note. Dont believe a word Delk says about Perry being an underdog. They put 5 in the finals and walked away with the championship  ::)
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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2013, 02:18:27 PM »
Transcript from the State Department's daily briefing:

Yesterday, at the end of the briefing, you all really had me pinned down on the wrestling question, so I spent the last 24 hours working on this. And here’s what I know. You all probably already knew this, but on February 12th, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee voted to eliminate wrestling as an Olympic sport beginning in 2020. Our understanding is that there is an appeals process available to the athletes, and that there’s going to be another Executive Board meeting in St. Petersburg in May and a final vote on this in September. So we will see how that process goes forward. I’d also refer you to the statement that the U.S. Olympic Committee put out on this one.

I did want to just note, though, that as you know, U.S. – I mean, wrestling teams from all over the world are currently competing in Tehran in the Freestyle World Cup, and they are staging a demonstration today to show their unity and resolve to try to reverse the Executive Board decision. We understood that they were together having a lay-down in the streets of Tehran today.

You know that we support all our American Olympic athletes. I’d just also note that in the context of the match in Tehran, there were many displays of outstanding sportsmanship in the U.S. and Iran match – I guess it must have been today or yesterday. For example, there were lots of handshakes, there were lots of hugs among the athletes. There was a sellout crowd. It was very loud and enthusiastic. Sadly for us, Iran won the gold, but we did get the bronze.

And with that, let’s go to what’s on your minds.

QUESTION: Can I ask a wrestling question?

QUESTION: Go ahead.

MS. NULAND: I may be at the end of my knowledge, though, Said, even though I worked on this for 24 hours.

QUESTION: I mean, do you think that the Europeans are being a bit snobbish to actually eliminate this sport, considering that a great deal of the Third World, and the United States – I’m not – and Russia and others like that sport?

MS. NULAND: Let me just say that we love all of our athletes. The Olympic Committee’s obviously going to have to make a tough decision because there are so many sports that want to compete. So beyond that, I think we’ll let them do their work.

QUESTION: I’m going to ask the question that I think James Rosen would ask if he were here.

MS. NULAND: Oh, here we go. Do your James Rosen impersonation, please.

QUESTION: Do you not regard this as a travesty?

MS. NULAND: Regard what as a travesty?

QUESTION: The elimination of wrestling from the Olympics. (Laughter.)

MS. NULAND: Well, I know, obviously, how strongly wrestlers and many others around the world feel, but I think we have to let the Olympic Committee do its work. As I said, there are tough decisions to be made. As I understand it, only 28 sports can be competed.

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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2013, 02:25:36 PM »
What a mealy mouthed reply.  >:(
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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2013, 11:00:00 AM »
"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all that want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics" -Thomas Sowell

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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2013, 03:04:41 PM »
The IOC is getting killed internationally with this.  It will be interesting to see how they back out of this decision.

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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2013, 10:17:02 PM »
Transcript from the State Department's daily briefing:

Yesterday, at the end of the briefing, you all really had me pinned down on the wrestling question, so I spent the last 24 hours working on this. And here’s what I know. You all probably already knew this, but on February 12th, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee voted to eliminate wrestling as an Olympic sport beginning in 2020. Our understanding is that there is an appeals process available to the athletes, and that there’s going to be another Executive Board meeting in St. Petersburg in May and a final vote on this in September. So we will see how that process goes forward. I’d also refer you to the statement that the U.S. Olympic Committee put out on this one.

I did want to just note, though, that as you know, U.S. – I mean, wrestling teams from all over the world are currently competing in Tehran in the Freestyle World Cup, and they are staging a demonstration today to show their unity and resolve to try to reverse the Executive Board decision. We understood that they were together having a lay-down in the streets of Tehran today.

You know that we support all our American Olympic athletes. I’d just also note that in the context of the match in Tehran, there were many displays of outstanding sportsmanship in the U.S. and Iran match – I guess it must have been today or yesterday. For example, there were lots of handshakes, there were lots of hugs among the athletes. There was a sellout crowd. It was very loud and enthusiastic. Sadly for us, Iran won the gold, but we did get the bronze.

And with that, let’s go to what’s on your minds.

QUESTION: Can I ask a wrestling question?

QUESTION: Go ahead.

MS. NULAND: I may be at the end of my knowledge, though, Said, even though I worked on this for 24 hours.

QUESTION: I mean, do you think that the Europeans are being a bit snobbish to actually eliminate this sport, considering that a great deal of the Third World, and the United States – I’m not – and Russia and others like that sport?

MS. NULAND: Let me just say that we love all of our athletes. The Olympic Committee’s obviously going to have to make a tough decision because there are so many sports that want to compete. So beyond that, I think we’ll let them do their work.

QUESTION: I’m going to ask the question that I think James Rosen would ask if he were here.

MS. NULAND: Oh, here we go. Do your James Rosen impersonation, please.

QUESTION: Do you not regard this as a travesty?

MS. NULAND: Regard what as a travesty?

QUESTION: The elimination of wrestling from the Olympics. (Laughter.)

MS. NULAND: Well, I know, obviously, how strongly wrestlers and many others around the world feel, but I think we have to let the Olympic Committee do its work. As I said, there are tough decisions to be made. As I understand it, only 28 sports can be competed.
Maybe they're (US State Dept) getting tired of wrestlers making them look inept.
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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2013, 01:31:01 PM »
"Grappler and Bear Hug are being brewed in Bolton to raise the profile of wrestling after it was scrapped from the Olympics. "

http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/10324451.Bank_Top___s_bid_to_give_wrestling_a_fighting_chance/?ref=rss

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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2013, 03:47:23 PM »
The Mohr dialogue is fantastic!
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Re: News in the Fight to Save Wrestling
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2013, 08:46:30 AM »
The Mohr dialogue is fantastic!


Agreed! It gets to nonwrestling fans as well.