IOC Boots Wrestling Out Of Olympics

IOC Boots Wrestling Out Of OlympicsThe International Olympic Committee is dropping wrestling from competition after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the result of some elaborate secret ballot it holds every so often to determine its 25 “core sports.” In part because golf and rugby are coming to the Olympics, something had to go. This time it was wrestling, apparently edged out by the modern pentathlon for survival.

‘History of rampant corruption’

This is a poor decision and it would be only slightly less poor of a decision if it was modern pentathlon (a five-event competition of fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting) that got the boot instead. It’s golf that should never have been granted access in the first place.

One of the problems with the IOC is that its history of rampant corruption makes any of its decisions suspect. Who knows why each voter voted as they did, but it doesn’t take much of a skeptic to think this was a political – and thus graft-filled – process. Each sport was forced to campaign for itself and, thus, against the others.

‘Primal activity’

In the end, wrestling probably didn’t stand a chance, in part, because the IOC is forgetting another of its chief positives. The Olympics are great at celebrating – and reminding everyone – what isn’t necessarily a sport, but a primal activity.

It’s good to have a speed-skating race because we’ve had skating races since man invented the skate, and winning that race at the Olympics makes someone a legend in that sport. The same way it does, or did, in wrestling. Winning the gold in golf won’t ever be treated that way. That, more than anything, is why the IOC blew this one.

Do you agree or disagree with the IOC’s decision to boot wrestling out of the Olympics? Was it a poor decision on their part?

Source: Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

Image: Discovery News

Piers Morgan: Sandy Hook Must Be A ‘Tipping Point’ For Gun Control

Piers Morgan Sandy Hook Must Be A 'Tipping Point' For Gun ControlSince I joined CNN two years ago, there have been a series of gun-related tragedies, including the attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater massacre. Each sparked a short-term debate about guns. Yet each debate fizzled out with zero action being taken to try and curb the use of deadly weapons on the streets of America.

‘Tragic acts’

Now, following the grotesque slaughter of 20 innocent young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, I sense that the mood has changed. The media have previously been quick to move on to other stories after these tragic acts of gun violence. That must change.

‘Tipping point for real action’

High-powered assault rifles of the type used at Aurora and Newtown belong in the military and police, not in civilian hands. High-capacity magazines, too, should be banned. And background checks on anyone buying guns in America should be comprehensive and stringently enforced.

As President Barack Obama said, doing nothing is no longer an option. But, at the same time, law-abiding Americans who want to protect themselves under the Second Amendment right to bear arms must be respected. As should the rights of Americans to use guns for hunting and sport.

Some 12,000 people are murdered in the United States with guns every year, compared with just 35 in Britain, where there are strong gun laws. Sandy Hook should, and must, be a tipping point for real action to bring this number down.

Do you own a gun right now? Are you for or against stricter gun control laws?

Source: Piers Morgan, CNN

Image: Film Industry Network