Basketball, track, gymnastics and swimming probably get 90% of the TV airtime but that doesn't mean the other sports should just be eliminated. Getting rid of wrestling is absurd. Probably part of a "kinder, gentler" Olympics.
Without football (not soccer), most other NCAA programs would dry up an blow away. Football pays for almost all other programs at D1 schools.
Football is the cash cow that feeds....it's far easier to elliminate a sport which does not bring in enough revenue to pay for itself.
I remember a show on wrestling coaches recently. It's basically the coaches bullying kids into crash diets so they get into the lowest weight class possible.
I like the idea of wrestling, but let's be honest, it's just not that popular.
Replace it with MMA and we might be talking, lol.
The board voted after reviewing a report by the IOC program commission report that analyzed 39 criteria, including television ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity. With no official rankings or recommendations contained in the report, the final decision by the 15-member board was also subject to political, emotional and sentimental factors.
Unless you are a heavyweight, there is a 90% chance you are going to have to cut weight to be competitive. Some coaches know how to do it right, and others don't.
Oh, and in some cases, heavyweights need to cut too...
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