Olympian suggests FILA to blame for decision to drop wrestling


When news broke that the International Olympic Committee had opted to drop amateur wrestling from the Olympic Games, effective 2020, combat sports fans expressed their shock and disbelief at the decision.

However, Eric Akin, a former two-time Olympic alternate, 1999 World Team Member, and silver medalist at the 2000 World Cup, who won silver at the world championships, showed no surprise at the decision.

"The IOC said they were fed up with the controversies at FILA," explained Akin. "They’ve been warning FILA for 3 Olympics. In 2008, the Greco-Roman wrestler threw his bronze medal across the arena at the awards ceremony. It was because he took two raw calls, two Olympics in a row. He can’t come back."

"I think (the IOC is) just fed up with what FILA is done. There have been a lot of bad reports after Olympics. Countries reporting FILA for different controversies. We kind of did it to ourselves because we let FILA control wrestling and everyone was afraid to step up. They just want to play the political game."

"Wrestling is a sport that doesn’t have a lot of popularity in some countries. What they started to do brackets they would seed you by having you pull a keychain or a trinket with a number when you step off the scale. They say they do that to let other countries get to the medal matches. So the first weight class will happen and Russia or the US will get three golds. Then their next group of guys will come out and start competing and they’ll get screwed really bad. Their excuse will be 'you guys already have three golds, you don’t need another one.' Well that other guy doesn’t care how many his country has. He wants it for himself. They act like it’s something they delegate to countries."

"What wrestling really needs is a brand new governing body. I wouldn’t be surprised if the IOC says 'FILA, you’re done.' Wrestling needs to appoint itself a new governing body because it’s not FILA."

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Russian Vladimir Uruimagov, coach multiple Olympic gold medalists offered a decidedly less plausible explanation - it was gays.

“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world,” said Uruimagov told rsport.ru, calling the decision “a blow to masculine origins.”

“It turns out this committee is headed by representative of these minorities," clarifying that he meant sexual minorities.

“It is necessary for millions around the world who understand that this is a man’s sport and who understand the need to continue the human race to go out and explain their position to the Olympic Committee. We should prove and explain that in any other case there is no future.”

In fact, none of the 15 members of the IOC executive board have any apparent background in the gay rights movements. Indeed, board chair and IOC president Jacques Rogge has been criticized by some gay activists, after he rejected calls to ban countries that discriminate against homosexuals.

Thus far, the IOC has not said why wrestling, humankind's oldest sport, was excluded from the "core" list of confirmed sports, while leaving for example Pentathlon, a sport that less than 1 in 1,000 can identify. In the absence of a coherent explanation, demented rants like those by Uruimagov will likely continue.

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arnanderson site profile image  

2/15/13 10:33 AM by arnanderson

This has nothing to do with ratings, it was likely caused by a pissing match about something between the wrestling people, including FILA, and the IOC. Probably involves backroom money or "donations" as well.

Son of Neckbone site profile image  

2/15/13 9:57 AM by Son of Neckbone

If they do cut wrestling, gays may not rule the world, but pussification has clearly run rampant.If the IOC's problem truly is with the governing body, then ban FILA. Don't kick to the curb the most ancient sport in our history.

Roy Batty site profile image  

2/15/13 5:43 AM by Roy Batty

We now know EY's real name!

Herring In A Fur Coat site profile image  

2/15/13 2:19 AM by Herring In A Fur Coat

Word.  People threatened to beat me up and steal my shoes in high school over these.  

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

2/15/13 2:13 AM by ChaosOverkill

lol vtfu

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

2/15/13 1:53 AM by ChaosOverkill

“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world,” said Uruimagov told rsport.ru,   DId I really just read that? Did a human really come up with that?

circulation123 site profile image  

2/15/13 12:25 AM by circulation123

I agree with the first guy (Eric) but not sure about the second guy (Vladmir). Especially when you consider that there are lot of successful women in combat sports like boxing, judo, and yes wrestling.

yellow c0ckahlc site profile image  

2/14/13 9:03 PM by yellow c0ckahlc

I was dem gays. Turned my boy gay too!

UGCTT_mrzipplokk site profile image  

2/14/13 9:03 PM by UGCTT_mrzipplokk

I've about gotten sick and tired of the Olympics to be honest. The bullshit, politics and biased judging is making it un-bearable.

Chiron site profile image  

2/14/13 8:59 PM by Chiron

This is true. Even John Danaher has said he felt wrestling was homoerotic.