Kudos to those that took the initiative to investigate the reason(s) for removing wrestling from the Olympics. Many of you have done a fantastic job in bringing a lot of facts that I did not know, especially the make up of the "board of the IOC"... frankly it is very political and money is persuasive. Some facts that I read from the various posts:
1. FILA did a poor job of lobbying
2. The Board of IOC is arguably not a big supporter of wrestling (by the was, what sport did Gunilla Lindberg participate in? She has been a member of the IOC since 1996).
3. FILA has done a bad job the last two Olympics in that there were scandals regarding to the rules. I recall seeing from Sweden a wrestler refusing to accept the bronze medal. Also, the last Olympics...again wrestling was mired in controversy. So, IOC has pretty much slapped FILA to do something in cleaning up the sport of wrestling as it is giving the IOC a headache (remember that Olympics is a money making machine!!!)
3. Having been to Lausanne (I work in Basel, Switzerland) and not far from me - I can say that the IOC is a "members only club" and they see themselves as diplomats and king makers, example is the scandal(s) regarding the money paid out (called lobbying) in having the games in a particular city.
4. Wow - saw the one post about the following two guys (K. Schormann -who is he?? and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr.- his father was head of IOC for decades and made tons of cash regarding to sponsorships and branding the Olympic, don't forget the high costs for licensing!! You gotta love the comments below:
Klaus Schormann, president of governing body UIPM, lobbied hard to protect his sport's Olympic status and it paid off in the end.
"We have promised things, and we have delivered," he said after Tuesday's decision. "That gives me a great feeling. It also gives me new energy to develop our sport further and never give up."
Modern pentathlon also benefited from the work of Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the son of the former IOC president who is a UIPM vice president and a member of the IOC board.
"We were considered weak in some of the scores in the program commission report but strong in others," Samaranch told the AP. "We played our cards to the best of our ability and stressed the positives. Tradition is one of our strongest assets, but we are also a multisport discipline that produces very complete people."
1. All active wrestlers, former wrestler, wrestling enthusiasts, parents and just supporter that love the game must get in touch with their respective Country/National Clubs.
2. MAT.COM can act a conduit for people to coordinate. There is already a Facebook page with 52 members, which needs to grow to several million! => Save Olympic Wrestling 2020 !!!! http://www.facebook.com/groups/459578037431089/
3. Heavy lobbying (the idea of Putin making a pitch is not a bad idea!!! Afterall the greatest wrestler is a member of his politcal party = Alexsander Karelin !!) I hope that USA can get the lobbyists to push as they are good at that and have the money to push.
4. Ultimately - IOC has to see that Olympic wrestling is a "world sport" that draws millions of people and as the "oldest sport" in the Olympics, since 772 BC, you just can't boot it out for such sports that are in my opinion trends: roller blading or mountain climbing, etc.
Okay... I just got into this site and hope that the posts many are sharing will contribute to ACTION. I will keep checking the news in Switzerland and in Sweden. Good luck