The last time this ground was wrestled on was the end of the Ancient Games in 393 AD
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This weekend in Greece, wrestlers from around the world have been given special permission and access to Olympia, the place where it all began. They will participate in an international tournament in the birthplace of the ancient Olympics, as part of a worldwide campaign to keep the sport from being dropped after the 2016 Games in Rio.
The International Olympic Committee is planning to remove wrestling - THE original Olympic sport - from the Olympic Games. They were quick to threaten Athens with a red card in 2003 in the lead-up to the 2004 Olympics, so maybe it is time for Athens itself to issue a red card to the IOC after the IOC's 2nd major foul in a year!
The IOC meets in September to make decisions on the future of Wrestling in the Olympic Games.
Without intending to diminish the status of any sport, we cannot believe that the IOC is even comtemplating Golf or Baseball as a REPLACEMENT for the Ancient sport of Wrestling!
Moves like this means the IOC risks becoming totally removed from the whole Olympic concept and taking the Olympics down a very slippery path.
No one - not even the IOC - should have the moral right to remove one of the original sports from the Ancient Greek Olympics especially a group of people who call themselves ΑΘΑΝΑΤΟΙ - IMMORTALS and are supposed to be the guardians of the Olympic Movement.
Olympic ideals should not be about money, merchandising, or television rights ...
The IOC motto is Respect, Excellence, Friendship.
Where is their RESPECT towards the Ancient Olympics?
More hubris to go with the one in July at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony when the IOC President welcomed the Games HOME - to LONDON!
KEEP WRESTLING - ONE OF THE ORIGINAL OLYMPIC SPORTS, - IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES
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Let's send the message loud and clear to the IOC, that Olympics without Wrestling - one of the original Olympic sports - are not Olympics!
Keep Wrestling in the Olympics, now and forever!
PS We ran a poll on the subject too, but had to remove it as something was going wrong... the results were very encouraging however with over 180 people answering YES...