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.