5 Sports IOC Could Have Cut Instead of Wrestling

5 Sports IOC Could Have Cut Instead of Wrestling

"It's not a case of what's wrong with wrestling, it is what's right with the 25 core sports," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said after the organization voted to remove the sport from the 2020 Olympic program.

 

To the contrary. It's not what's right with wrestling (the sport isn't as diverse as its supporter claim and both disciplines are nearly impossible for viewers to follow), but what's wrong with the other sports.

 

That's not to say there isn't a lot right with the sport. It brings more than 300 competitors to the Games, it's open to both men and women and it has roots in the first modern Olympics and the ancient Games in Greece. History, participation and a fervent passion among its supporters. What more is there?

 

But unless you're a wrestling lover, Olympic purist or CNBC viewer -- and that's not a strong constituency -- you won't fret over the decision. You'll see it today and forget about it for seven years until a 2020 Olympics that doesn't even have a host city yet. I'm a baseball fan who watched every waking hour of the 2012 Olympics and has covered the Games daily for the past four years and it took me until the middle of the second week to remember the sport had been booted off the schedule.

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