The truth is, there’s just no money in wrestling. Anyone can do it. All you need is a pair of shoes (Then why give it 1% of the media coverage?). All it takes to be good at wrestling is drive, determination, and time. That’s true for most sports. Some just cost more.
The IOC, while asking Olympians to be impartial and unbiased, makes politically motivated decisions (they’re only human). Everyone’s thinking it, I’m going to say it: should the US be penalized because it dominates the overall medal tally?
Over 200 countries have wrestling programs. 76 sent wrestlers to London. However, the US dominates the sport in historic medal count.
If the IOC is eliminating sports countries dominate, they should look to trampoline. Pretty sure China owns that sport. Is it a coincidence their diving and gymnastic teams are also top-notch (aren’t trampoliners [trampletes?] just sub-world-class divers and gymnasts)?
Is trampoline a sport or a gateway into sports? Some say wrestling is the basis for many fighting styles and thus the gateway for MMA. So, if the IOC gets rid of one gateway (dominated by a country) why not two?
Of course, I’d prefer to watch wrestling during the Olympics than trampoline or modern pentalathon (did it even get air time?). I’ll be honest, I even watched some synchronized swimming. That stuff’s hard. Can you hold your breath for two minutes while upside-down? And swimming?