SAVE WRESTLING FROM BEING REMOVED FROM OLYMPICS
This is a rant! It is a bit lengthy but it is important.
I just read that the Olympic Committee has decided to drop wrestling from the 2020 games. This is totally wrong! Wrestling is one of the first and oldest sports in the Olympics and before the Olympics.
A little bit of History: (copied from Wikipedia)
Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat with references to it as early as the Iliad, in which Homer recounts the Trojan War in the 13th or 12th century BC. The origins of wrestling can be traced back 15,000 years through cave drawings in France. Babylonian and Egyptian relief’s show wrestlers using most of the holds known to the present-day sport. In ancient Greece, wrestling occupied a prominent place in legend and literature; wrestling competition, brutal in many aspects, was the number one sport of the Olympic Games. The ancient Romans borrowed heavily from Greek wrestling, but eliminated much of its brutality.
Early Americans brought a strong wrestling tradition with them when they came from England. The settlers also found wrestling to be popular among Native Americans. Amateur wrestling flourished throughout the early years of the country and served as a popular activity at country fairs, holiday celebrations, and in military exercises. The 1st organized national wrestling tournament was held in New York City in 1888, while the 1st wrestling competition in the modern Olympic Games was held in 1904 in Saint Louis, Missouri. FILA was founded in 1912, in Antwerp, Belgium. The 1st NCAA Wrestling Championships were also held in 1912, in Ames, Iowa. USA Wrestling, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, became the national governing body of amateur wrestling in 1983. It conducts competitions for all age levels.
• Greco-Roman wrestling became an event at the first modern Olympic Games, in Athens in 1896. Since 1908, the event has been in every Summer Olympics.
• Freestyle wrestling became an Olympic event, in 1904. Women’s freestyle wrestling was added to the Summer Olympics in 2004.
My Background of wrestling knowledge:
Now let me first say there was a time I didn’t know anything about or even like wrestling. But 46 years ago something changed that. I met a wrestler and two years later married him. I still didn’t really understand the concept and didn’t think that much of it. But we started our marriage on a scholarship and wrestling stayed in our lives. I now was right in the throes of what it is really like. The work and heart that they put into it is totally amazing.
Hubby had a long wrestling run and then between coaching freestyle teams and helping at high school teams, I have learned a lot after sitting on wrestling benches for at least 35 yrs or so. Both of our sons ended up wrestling and even my grandkids have tried it. There have been times I cried when they got hurt and wished they picked other sports. But I am glad they didn’t give it up. Not much was ever said about dad’s wrestling career and successes until they decided to wrestle. He wanted them to pick wrestling because they wanted it and it was their choice.
What can come from it??
I have learned it is a very intense sport requiring a lot of self-discipline, hard work physically and mentally. But what can come from it is amazing. I found that it gave the boys self –respect, teaching them self -discipline, inner strength, personal goal setting, sportsmanship, team work, work ethics. It teaches them how to win and lose gracefully. It gives them Pride. The discipline of their work outs and all they have to do to train and get into shape teaches and builds self -confidence and that helps them in their adult life. I could go on and on about what it does because I have seen the good it can do in many of the kids. The team becomes like a family with their families there it gives a great sense of community. And the kids who didn’t have family to support them are taken in by the community to encourage them and cheer them on. Many of them develop a long-lasting bond even if they are competitors. There are so many benefits that can come out of it. It is not for everyone. But if they choose it, it can do so much for them if they put in the work. And work it is, very hard work. It shows kids that hard work, goals and self discipline can bring success. Each win builds them up one more step on the ladder. They earned it; they did the work for it. That gives them that pride and a great sense of accomplishment. I have seen so many of these wrestlers become successful in their adult lives and I believe it is because of the self-discipline and all else they learn in wrestling.
OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PLEASE RECONSIDER!
So I ask the Olympic committee to please reconsider this. This is not a good thing. There are still hopes and dreams involved. Those hopes and dreams a lot of times involve wrestling their way to the Olympics.
I am including a link for the petition and hope that many of you will sign it and help change this decision. I feel that anything that has such a positive result in kids is critical and must be encouraged.
PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE! Show your support for all the kids that still have those hopes and dreams! Thank You!
There are currently two petitions going around that we are trying to get signed by everyone possible.
The first petition is to the White House and can be signed at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/put-pressure-ioc-overturn-their-decision-drop-wrestling-olympics-2020/ClDPYshl
The second petition can be found on change.org at http://www.change.org/petitions/the-international-olympic-committee-save-wrestling-as-an-olympic-sport-saveolympicwrestling