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How the IOC voted to eliminate wrestling, round by round

Feb 12, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The only thing more shocking than the IOC’s recommendation to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics is that the vote wasn’t all that close. Wrestling earned the most votes in every round.

Of course, in this instance votes were a bad thing as fourteen members of the IOC executive board convened in Switzerland Tuesday to choose which sport they thought should be dropped after scrutinizing 39 criteria including ticket sales, anti-doping policies, and worldwide popularity.

“It was up to the executive Board members to make a decision, it was not black and white and it was not an easy decision,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams. “But we wanted to allow room for the renewal of the Olympic program.”

Here’s a quick breakdown of this morning’s IOC vote, round by round, according to Inside the Games:

Round one
Wrestling: 5
Modern Pent: 5
Field Hockey: 2
Taekwondo: 1
Canoe/Kayak: 1

Round two
Wrestling: 7
Modern Pent: 4
Field Hockey: 1
Taekwondo: 1
Canoe/Kayak: 1

Elimination Run-off
Field Hockey: 6
Taekwondo: 5
Canoe/Kayak: 3

Round four
Wrestling: 6
Modern Pent: 5
Field Hockey: 3
Taekwondo: 0

Final round
Wrestling: 8
Modern Pent: 3
Field Hockey: 3

  1. phipfwe76 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    So why does one *have* to go? Can’t they be satisfied with what they have and vote to keep everything? Why fix what isn’t broken?

  2. Jeff - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Stupid move by the IOC in my opinion.

  3. mnwildfan15 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:05 PM


  4. marcinhouston - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    It is worth noting that the IOC Executive Committee includes 9 Europeans among its 15 members. It is not even international. This is all about eliminating sports where Europe struggles. Baseball was much more popular than synchronized diving or rhythmic gymnastics worldwide, but Europeans struggled and Americans often medaled, so it was eliminated.

  5. bcjim - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    The IAAF, UCI, plus whoever governs swimming and any other legit sport the Olympics needs should stand up and say :

    “We aren’t participating either unless wrestling is reinstated”.

    That will turn this around real fast.

    Additionally, Nike, GE, etc should do the same.

  6. patsbruin1021 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Total bs

  7. dbldmr - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Fortunately we still have synchronized swimming and the other stupid one where they get together and twirl stuff. Boy, I’d be proud to have my child medal in that “sport.”

  8. croye - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    It’s like eliminating running from the marathons.

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