Congratulations, you guys just saved Olympic wrestling
All of your Tweets, Facebook comments, G+ articles, Pinterest pins, Tumblr posts, and other social media exploits have actually worked to save Olympic wrestling.
This morning in Buenos Aires, Argentina, wrestling beat out softball and squash to get a slot in the 2020 Olympics. Wrestling received a majority of the votes and according to OC president Jacques Rogge, wrestling’s resilence in the past few months played a factor in getting the sport back in the Olympic games.
The way wrestling is scored will change starting in 2020, according to this USA Today article.
“The rule changes have made it more exciting to watch,” said Canadian Olympic champion Daniel Igali, who runs the Nigerian wrestling federation. He noted that scoring has been doubled, competitors who wrestle offensively are now rewarded more, leading to fewer clinches.
Don’t worry, Olympic wrestling will also be in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but it was slated to be cut before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
There, it’s over. Now all of you can stop with the ‘Save Olympic Wrestling’ tweets and emails we get on a daily basis. Whew! Props to DENV3RtheDESTROY3R for the +100 news tip.