Shunned From Olympics, Should Wrestling Launch World Cup?

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.

Cuba's Livan Lopez Azcuy fights with Azerbaijan's Jabrayil Hasanov for the bronze medal of the Men's 66Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic GamesWrestling is not a sport to make household names, but personalities do make their mark, including good, bad, and ugly ones.

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



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      Many of the Olympic sports are absolutely, …. not sports.. Wrestling is a sport and would benefit from leaving the Olympics so that rules can be changed to reasonable and away from “Olympic commercial mode” so that more people can understand it and idenitification of a scoring maneuver is obvious to non wrestling savvy fans. College and high school wrestling rules, although not perfect are much more reasonable than “freestyle” rules. The idea of an aggressive, spectacular move winding up being a fluke point for the opponent makes me sick. Pushing an opponent all over the mat to gain points for “stalling” is counterproductive to excitement and skill. The most spectacular and one of the more difficult maneuvers, takedown, is rewarded with 1 more point than one of the least difficult, escape.

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