Black day for Wrestling in Olympics 2020
12th Feb 2013: It was black day for all the boxing fans throughout the globe. The International Olympics Committee(IOC) took a decision to drop Boxing from the summer Olympics to be held in 2020.
Though the committee said that, they might change the decision at a meeting to be held in the month of May. They might think to add some new 26th sport for the 2020 Games. Earlier this decision was taken by a secret ballot by the Olympics committee’s executive board at the headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The reason to exclude boxing was not given by the committee.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said to the reporters that “this is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics. 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.”
Indian wrestlers on Tuesday expressed concern and shock at the decision of IOC. Sushil Kumar who won a silver in the London Olympics said that “ I don't see any reason why IOC decided to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic program. I am still finding it difficult to come to terms with the news. In my view, the IOC would find it difficult to remove it from the list given the sport's huge popularity across the globe. It's an old sport and famous worldwide.”
The ban on the wrestling has put the future of young aspirants who wanted to prove their caliber in the Olympics game. This decision would make the young aspirants dreamless who were targeting 2020.
Wrestling has been a part of Olympics since 1896. So this is ironical that wrestling has been removed. We hope some measures are done for its revival.
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