Over the weekend the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted on the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and they were awarded to Tokyo, Japan. Also during those sessions the IOC voted to restore wrestling as a competition during the same 2020 Summer Games.
Kurt Angle, who works for TNA Wrestling, has been a major proponent of the return of wrestling to Olympic Games, utilizing the hashtag #saveolympicwrestling on twitter. Well his effort and the efforts of many thousands of fans, competitors, coaches and more have convinced the IOC to bring back wrestling officially during the 2020 Summer Olympic Games which were awarded to the host city of Tokyo, Japan.
While the form of wrestling we see today on television is almost nothing like even amateur greco-roman Olympic style wrestling, or wrestling of even the turn of the century here in America it is great to know the sport will return to the Olympic Games. Wrestling has been around for thousands of years, and while popularity has waned some in the amateur ranks, and roller-coastered much in the professional incarnation, it should endure among humans for many years to come.
So in three more during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we will not see wrestlers compete in a sport they have trained long and hard for, but hopefully many will be able to look forward to being in Tokyo, Japan for the comeback of the sport in 2020. Even professional wrestlers can agree that the IOC made the right call to save wrestling for the long term continuity of the sport.
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