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  • Tim Crone: IOC makes huge mistake dropping wrestling

  • I have been in Palm Springs, California for the past week and the sports talk shows and papers are full of news about the Lakers, Angels and Dodgers. The consensus is that the Lakers are terrible and the baseball teams appear to be locks for the World Series.

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  • I have been in Palm Springs, California for the past week and the sports talk shows and papers are full of news about the Lakers, Angels and Dodgers. The consensus is that the Lakers are terrible and the baseball teams appear to be locks for the World Series.
    However, the news that really upset me was the announcement by the International Olympic Committee that a decision has been made to take wrestling out of the Olympic games. Seriously? The sport of wrestling was one of the original sports in modern Olympics, which began in 1896. To not have wrestling in the Olympics would be equivalent to no football in America, to New York without the Yankees or to Palm Springs without golf.
    It is totally shocking. I feel so strongly about it that I can’t even be diplomatic. It is a direct slap in the face to the United States. The reasoning given included the usual political garbage – a lack of global participation and popularity. This is a committee that has a huge bias against the United States due to its great success in the games and most certainly in the sport of wrestling.
    By the way, there are no executive committee members from the USA. Really? That is ridiculous. The Russians have won the most wrestling medals in Olympic history with 167 followed by the USA with 124 and coincidentally Russia does not have representation on the executive committee either. This whole deal smells like the decision to drop softball and baseball from the games a few years ago.
    Yes, the United States did dominate those sports as well. A pattern has emerged, if it smells like a skunk, it looks like a skunk and acts like a skunk, then it must be a skunk. That, my friends, is the IOC in a nutshell.
    I hope the sports lovers in America raise heck about this terrible decision. I did not wrestle or coach the sport, but as an athletic director I respected and admired the wrestlers for their hard work and daily dedication. My opinion is that the wrestlers, swimmers and cross country kids worked harder then anyone in the total athletic program.
    I am a football, basketball and baseball guy but have the highest respect for the life lessons taught and learned in wrestling. Great wrestling coaches such as Glenn Berry, Mike Hagerty, Bob Glasgow and Bill Erneste clearly taught self-discipline, hard work and mental toughness. I never met a good wrestler without a tremendous competitive heart. It is a ridiculous decision made by a bunch of guys in suits who say they stand for all of the above-mentioned values and then dump on a sport that has done just that for the Olympic games.
    It is time for American companies to stand up to the IOC by holding back the billions of dollars invested in the Olympic games. It is time for the IOC to realize that the USA is the largest financial contributor to the games. Money talks. The political nonsense of the IOC needs to be reassessed throughout the world. I like a quote in the Feb. 13, 2013, issue of USA Today  by the great Olympic champion wrestler, Dan Gable, "The wrestler on the mat is focused on the performance that is about to happen. He or she needs inner strength – a strength that has been determined by all the preparation done to date. The preparation was coordinated, instructed, led and influenced by all those people – mat side training partners, coaches, parents, friends, and all the others. He or she stands alone, but they're not alone. It takes a team to get ready to perform at the highest level."
    Page 2 of 2 - Wrestling should never be taken out of the Olympics and we all know it!
     
     

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