IOC Proves Itself to be an even Bigger Joke than Before

They used to say the Inter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee was cor­rupt (They are still the only gov­ern­ing body to com­pletely defeat Obama after all).  Now we can add “tone-deaf” to the list of adjec­tives to describe it.

Yes, one can under­stand the IOC want­ing sports that are TV-friendly in this mod­ern age of Olympics and sports enter­tain­ment, but by toss­ing wrestling out, the Olympics is for­get­ting its ori­gins (it was a found­ing sport, even in the ancient games) and seems to show it cares more about ticket sales and TV rat­ings — not about the com­pe­ti­tion itself or the “Spirit of the Games.”

The exec­u­tive board of the Inter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee reviewed the 26 sports on its sum­mer pro­gram in order to remove one of them so it could add one later this year. It decided to cut wrestling and keep mod­ern pen­tathlon — a sport that com­bines fenc­ing, horse rid­ing, swim­ming, run­ning and shoot­ing — and was con­sid­ered to be the most likely to be dropped.

The board voted after review­ing a report by the IOC pro­gram com­mis­sion that ana­lyzed 39 cri­te­ria, includ­ing TV rat­ings, ticket sales, anti-doping pol­icy and global par­tic­i­pa­tion and pop­u­lar­ity. With no offi­cial rank­ings or rec­om­men­da­tions con­tained in the report, the final deci­sion by the 15-member board was also sub­ject to polit­i­cal, emo­tional and sen­ti­men­tal factors.

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.”

Accord­ing to IOC doc­u­ments obtained by the AP, wrestling ranked “low” in sev­eral of the tech­ni­cal cri­te­ria, includ­ing pop­u­lar­ity with the pub­lic at the Lon­don Games — just below 5 on a scale of 10. Wrestling sold 113,851 tick­ets in Lon­don out of 116,854 available.

Wrestling also ranked “low” in global TV audi­ence with a max­i­mum of 58.5 mil­lion view­ers and an aver­age of 23 mil­lion, the doc­u­ments show. Inter­net hits and press cov­er­age were also ranked as low.

The IOC says the deci­sion is not “final,” but who frankly knows.  So far the deci­sion has been inter­na­tion­ally panned, but that hasn’t stopped the cor­rupt crew at the IOC from stick­ing with an unpop­u­lar decision.

Per­haps some­day, the world of field hockey can thank the 2012 Dutch Women’s team for sav­ing their sport.


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  • green­car­man

    Per­haps some­day, the world of field hockey can thank the 2012 Dutch Women’s team for sav­ing their sport.”

    Why, for heaven’s sake, what­ever do you mean? Why don’t you use just spell it out for us?