I hope someone with some historical perspective jars some sense back into the IOC. Dropping wrestling not only means dropping a modern tradition (wrestling was in the first modern games) but it is evidence that the current committee has lost track of the inner core of the Olympic movement.
We all know what the point of the modern Olympic movement was- as nations fumbled toward modern Armageddon and massive wars, the movement decided to learn from the ancients about peacemaking. The ancient olympics were about transforming war into a competition of war skills. In a sense, it was about peace through preparation. In so doing, various nations or city states could maintain their necessary military strength, but choose to outlet competition through officiated games. It is quite likely that it was through the creation of combat sports that different peoples first learned how to compete under rules, instead of through war itself. The foundation of international cooperation is truly based on the codification of combat sports.
Make no mistake, the olympics were always a festival of combat sports, not merely any sports or the popular sports. This was true of the Ancient and Modern Olympics. Athletics or track and field- in ancient times many running events were done with soldiers equipment required. Shot Put, Hammer and Javelin are weapons events. Marathon reenacts a military messenger. Boxing, Wrestling, Archery, Rifle Shooting, Rowing, Equestrian- are at their heart combat sports. Even Gymnastics is a combat sport- they are the skills necessary to a cavalryman- hence a "pommel horse." Gymnastics were designed by a Prussian military school for prepping their horsemen.
The irony, and I would add the practicality, pragmatism and genius of "Peace through preparation for War" is being totally overrun by marketers and media salesmen who have only the profit margin in view. Without the combat sports- The Olympics are just another overpriced, ridiculous, contrived spectacle. With the combat sports- its is a direct connection to the dramatic human evolution that has allowed and built the foundation of recognition between and cooperation among different peoples despite their real fears of each other. It is so much more than a bunch of games- it really was the first time different peoples had an opportunity to earn "the others'" respect and learn how to respect "the other" despite real differences.
I for one am not being melodramatic when I say the dropping of wrestling represents the end of the Olympics in any real sense. They have officially sold themselves to their corporate overlords. It will never be the same again.