The recent news that the Olympics will leave wrestling out of its events list is ridiculous and not likely to last long.
Wrestling has been a signature event in Olympics history. It may have lost some of its luster in recent Games, but it doesn’t deserve to be shelved.
Without wrestling, Iran versus the U.S. in sports practically never happens.
In fact, many intriguing international matchups take place in the sport.
The sport can be very entertaining to watch as a spectator sport. It’s mano-a-mano with skill, quickness, strategy, and lots of sweating out the details for a win, loss, or draw.
Without the Olympic Games, maybe wrestling can pick up a more dynamic marketing idea to brand the sport better. It could be an event to award individual and team performances.
How about a World Cup of Wrestling every four years? Why not? Cricket, Rugby, Soccer and Baseball all have theirs.
If the Olympics can’t show respect, take the medals elsewhere. A Wrestling World Cup could be rotated among continents, like the Olympics does. With some decent branding and a television partnership, a host country could turn a serious profit.
Louden Swain would agree. Vision Quest, the awesome 80s high-school wrestling movie, is a reminder of how Wrestling can steal the hearts and minds of sports fans.
This scene is the climactic end of the movie when Louden’s season is on the line in a meet versus his biggest rival, Brian Shute.
Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com