From the Department of Huh?

The International Olympic Committee has dropped wrestling (one of the original Olympic events) and kept rhythmic gymnastics? And modern pentathlon?

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  • WTF? Really…and WTF is rhythmic gymnastic….a summer version of ice dancing? Sound like completely subjective pseudo sports.

  • Rhythmic gymnastics. It’s dance with props and a bit of tumbling. There’s not much but “color commentary” until about three minutes into the video.

  • Icepick

    Rhythmic gymnastics is typically performed by former gymnastics who grew up … and out. It’s for the post-pubescent set.

    And it’s just another sign of a world that has lost its collective mind. There’s not a damned thing that happens anymore that actually makes any sense.

  • In other words, its stupid….at least as an Olympic sport.

  • PD Shaw

    The question is “who stood to gain?” Softball got the axe to make room for golf and rugby sevens. Who holds the bloody dagger this time? Did softball act to get revenge? Roller-derby? Wipeout? Wushu? Was there a temporary concert of action between them all?

  • steve

    My area is a hotbed of wrestling. This made front page news.

    Steve

  • Drew

    and WTF is rhythmic gymnastic..

    There’s a bad joke in there, but I shall pass.

    PS – golf should not be an Olympic event. Just hold another tour event. And after all, you’ve got the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Walker Cup etc.

  • Icepick

    There’s a bad joke in there, but I shall pass.

    It’s not a joke, it’s an observation. Some years ago I watched some RG and came away impressed. Some of those chicks are HOT! And, of course, very flexible. The surprising thing is that RG isn’t more popular than plain old gymnastics.

    PS – golf should not be an Olympic event. Just hold another tour event. And after all, you’ve got the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Walker Cup etc.

    Agreed. I don’t understand why some sports want into the Olympics. Golf and Tennis have their own traditions which are quite good, thank you.

    Drew, you might find this funny, but FIDE has been trying to get chess into the Olympics for the last 15 or so years. The guy that owns the federation (essentially that is the case, don’t ask, and yes he’s insane and claims to have spent time with aliens on their moon base) just has this idea that it should be in the Olympics, so that’s what’s being pushed. This has led to such nonsense as chess players being tested for steroids – I only wish I was kidding. But I’m sure Drew knows that chess runs its own Olympiad every two years, and it has been quite good from a chess players perspective. But everyone wants a piece of the biggest pie….

    PPS And wushu would be well served to just call itself kung fu and put an image of Bruce Lee on the gold medal.

  • sam

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  • Drew

    “don’t ask, and yes he’s insane and claims to have spent time with aliens on their moon base”

    I don’t know what’s so insane, why just last week I was speaking to…..

  • Icepick

    I don’t know what’s so insane, why just last week I was speaking to…..

    Oh, just great. Now I’m going to spend the weekend wondering to whom Drew spoke….

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