News and Comment


17Apr13 DesMoines
Dan Gable gives views on rule changes.  US Rule Change Committee views explained Link
11Apr13  ESPN Wrestling has lots to learn from MMA says Bill Scherr, the chairman of the U.S. based Committee to Preserve Olympic Wrestling Link
05Apr13 LawinSport Article on causes of recommended removal with historical perspective: Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, (Reader in Olympic Studies & the Social Analysis of Sport, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) and Dr Evangelos Albanidis (Associate Professor of Sports History, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece) Link
 03Apr13  ESPN Baseball/Softball’s joint bid for Olympic reinstatement is still lacking a guarantee that major league stars would be available to play says International Baseball Federation President Riccardo Fraccari  Link
 26Mar13  Guardian Weekly Wrestling is still the stuff of dreams for Russia’s young hopefuls
Decision to cut the sport from the 2020 Olympics threatens a culture rooted in the Caucasus
11Mar13 ESPN The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations says the process that led to wrestling’s exclusion by the IOC executive board last month is not “in the best interests of the IOC or the Olympic movement. Link
10Mar13 Jordan Burroughs with quotes on the future of Wrestling: “Raphael Martinetti … was fired for failing to sound any alarms prior to the IOC ruling;”  Wall Street War-Room Link
09Mar13 Global Post FILA to hold election congress Link
09Mar13 Alaska Despatch A Baseball perspective: Team Japan won the first two World Baseball Classic titles Link
08Mar13 Jordan Burroughs emerged from the London Olympics with a gold medal and a reputation as perhaps the world’s best wrestler. Now Burroughs has joined the fight to save his sport’s Olympic future.
“We’re definitely going to overhaul the sport. Make some rules changes to hopefully make it more exciting,” Burroughs said. “It’s tough. But people want to see more action. More points being scored.”
07Mar13 Reuters Lalovic lists possible changes but acknowledges that sport is running out of time Link
06Mar13 Yahoo/Eurosport Australian IOC member Coates said “”I was amazed the way it [the IOC Exec Board] all went … in the last vote it was eight against wrestling, three against hockey and three against modern pentathlon,” he recalled.” Link
06Mar13 ESPN Olympics Sir Craig Reedie and the IOC Evaluation Commission visit Tokyo for its bid evaluation and are greeted on the third day by two Japanese wrestling gold medalists – Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho, both three-time Olympic wrestling champions Link
05Mar13 Yahoo!Sports The head of the Association of National Olympic Committees says wrestling has the unanimous support of his executive council. Sheik Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah says he’ll take up the issue with the IOC  
26Feb13 ESPN The head of Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Olympics hopes a winning vote coincides with wrestling’s reinstatement. “If we are awarded the games, Turkey wants to have wrestling events in Istanbul,” Istanbul bid leader Hasan Arat said at a media roundtable in London. Link
18Feb13 InsideTheGames Putin backs new International Wrestling committee to keep sport in Olympics Link
18Feb13 Bloomberg Russia Vows to Reverse Wrestling’s Removal From Olympics Link
17Feb13 The Times Giles Smith: Unloved grapplers can still climb off canvas Link
16Feb13 Russia NGB Crisis management group to be set up to control development strategy up to 2025; contacts with major marketing agencies and preparing the Wrestling presentation to the IOC Executive Board meeting in St. Petersburg Link
15Feb13 The New York Times John Irving: How Wrestling Lost the Olympics Link
14Feb13 ESPN USA-led group tries to save Olympic wrestling Link
13Feb13 BOA British Olympic Association reports Jacques Rogge comments Link
13Feb13 The Times Simon Barnes: Tradition becoming a poor second to filthy lucre Link
13Feb13 Richard Bender Column: Wrestling is ready for this challenge!! Link
13Feb13 New York Daily News Masters champion Zach Johnson agrees: IOC’s move to drop wrestling from Olympics is a foolish one Link
13Feb13 Europe
Greek wrestling federation slams IOC decision to cut sport -Further reax from other countries Link
13Feb13 On The Mat: Journalist Alan Abrahamson – why he wasn’t surprised by the move from the IOC. Abrahamson provides a unique inside from outside of the wrestling bubble and helps us understand what the deal was. Link
10Feb13 Global Post Agence France-Presse wrote in advance that One sport set to be cast into Olympic limbo… Link
08Feb13 Pioneer Press Associated Press: Olympics: Modern pentathlon may be shot Link