To say that I’ve always been a big fan of professional wrestling is an understatement. Growing up me and my brothers would stay up every Monday night to catch the latest episode of “WWE Monday Night Raw”. Amateur wrestling, however, has never really been on my list of preferred sports. However, for what it’s worth I do have several anecdotes from my childhood of going toe-toe with my older brother in our “wrestling ring” whenever we decided to settle a dispute (our wrestling ring usually being my mom’s living room).
While not being the most popular sport, wrestling has often held the reputation of being a tough sport. Even though telling stories of getting cauliflower ear, obtaining staph infections or receiving a nice-sized ringworm over night will most likely gross people out; there a certain level of respect that most people have for the sport of wrestling. Although I must at admit, wrestling for the most part can be safe and holds its far share of risks like most other sports. Being one of the oldest sports in the world, it easily made its way to the original modern Olympics in 1896.
The Olympics is seen as world class and prestigious and any professional athlete will consider it an honor to have their respective sport represented in the Olympics. However many wrestlers across the word will not have that luxury by the year 2020. That’s right, earlier this week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it will be dropping wrestling from the Olympic Games in 2020.
(Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the history of the Olympics. Photo courtesy of telegraph.co.uk)
This has led to a huge uproar on social media sites such as Facebook. Bothered fans retaliated quickly by creating a page titled “Keep Wrestling in the Olympics”. One of the most popular stars in the world of wrestling, Jordan Borroughs, shared his opinion on the issue by rejecting the idea of eliminating wrestling from the Olympics. Borroughs encourage everyone to take into consideration the kids that grew up aspiring to be a wrestler but will never be able to realize their dream of performing on the biggest stage of them all.
The post that Borrough made received thousands of likes, shares and comments from fans who were also stunned by the news. I really like the idea people using social media to allow their voices to be heard. With the masses voicing their opinion on Facebook and Twitter, the IOC may be pressured into reconsidering if the backlash is powerful enough. IOC used their own personal Facebook page to address the negative response by reminding angry fans that wrestling was added to the list of shortlisted sports that will have the chance to become included in the 2020 games by petitioning.
I’m interested in to seeing how well wrestling fans across the world can get their voices out to the public. It’s clear by their actions thus far that social media is an effective media vehicle to reach the masses. I personally wouldn’t mind to see wrestling remain as an event. Beats watching table tennis if you ask me.
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