Olympic committee decides to drop wrestling in 2020
Olympic dreams are dashed for those who make their moves on the mat. Our Christian Farrell has more on the controversial decision to remove wrestling from the olympics.
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MONTGOMERY, N.Y. -- There was a buzz inside the Valley Central High School gym.
But not all the noise centered around the Section IX Wrestling Championships.
"It makes little or no sense to me," said former Valley Central High School Wrestling Coach Sandy Strauss.
What Strauss can't understand is the International Olympic Committee's announcement that it's dropping wrestling as an olympic sport. The summer olympic games in 20-16 will be wrestling's last olympics. The sport has been part of the modern day olympics since 1896.
"It would be the equivalent to cutting out track and field. It's what the Greeks started the Olympics for...the competition," said Strauss.
"It's totally shocking that they'd do that at this stage. How it got to this without anybody in the wrestling community even knowing about it, is an even bigger surprise," said Section 9 Wrestling Chairman Jeff Cuilty.
While the IOC hasn't made public its reason for eliminating wrestling, there are those in the wrestling community who simply believe it comes down to the popularity of the sport in comparison to other more modern sports.
"Some of the sports they're selecting, it's becoming more of an 'X Games' than olympic games," said Cornwall Central High School Wrestling Coach Don Blaine.
Blaine said the IOC's "takedown" of a wrestler's dream of winning olympic gold is crushing.
"The olympic dream is shot. And it's very upsetting," said Blaine.
The olympic committee is expected to announce it's official line-up of sports for the 2020 games in September.