Georgia Leading the Fight for Olympic Wrestling

GIFHave our elected officials been hard at work tackling the issues that matter most to everyday Georgians this year?

The answer is a resounding and emphatic “YES.”

On Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal joined a bi-partisan group of 33 other governors in signing a letter to IOC President Jacques Rogge, urging the IOC to “reconsider” their decision to drop wrestling from the Olympics after the 2016 Olympics. 

“The Olympic Games are meant to provide a venue for people from all nations to overcome differences and forge lasting relationships and wrestling has contributed to these Olympic attributes,” the governors wrote in the letter, originally drafted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

“We believe that renewing or renovating the Olympics should respect key Olympic traditions. .”

H.R. 410, which was favorably reported by the House Government Affairs Committee today, calls for wrestling to stay on the Olympic program. 

“Wrestling is a diverse, popular, and historic sport, and it is fitting and proper that the International Olympic Committee keep wrestling in the Olympic Games after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” the authors wrote.



  1. Mike Dudgeon says:

    I am neutral on this resolution / issue but I want to defend against a common cheap shot I see on this board and elsewhere that legislators are not spending time on real issues. Almost all legislators spend 40-70 hours / week during session, almost all of it on serious legislation These resolutions and assorted “press release” type things are a tiny fraction of that time. We also do resolutions honoring constituents and congratulating the proverbial homecoming queens. It does not mean at all that we are not focusing on the important things.

    • Rick Day says:

      So how is that tiny fraction of time passedresolution asking for clarity from the Fed’s on the “Marijuana Question”™ coming along?


  2. Nonchalant says:

    High school wrestling is in many ways one of the purest of sports–a sport of hard work, dedication, an athletic contest requiring manly vigor combined with restraint, and one that often garners its participant little but the satisfaction of having striven for the sake of doing so. It may build character, it rarely brings glory.

    I can perfectly understand why the IOC would not wish such a Corinthian sport amongst its midst. Too noble for what the Olympics have become.

  3. Nonchalant says:

    I want my state legislature to render an opinion on this, and I want it for the following reason–there are those in Europe associated with the Olympics who like to sniff their noses at the 1984 and 1996 Olympics as too crass and too commercialized, and like to snub and punish our national Olympic Committee for desiring a piece of the revenues generated in America. But yet, as they wail against “Anglo-Saxon” capitalism and invite the USOC to remember its “proper” place in the “Olympic movement”, I’d like to remind these noble souls that it was not the United States Olympic Committee, nor the City of Atlanta nor any other American body that just cut one of the oldest and most Corinthian of sports in part because it does not generate television dollars, but instead was the sainted and pure International Olympic Committee, keeper of the holy flame of the Olympic movement, and apparent detestor of all-things resembling 1996.

    In the future, I’ll take any criticism from Europe of American-hosted Olympics with a huge grain of salt.

  4. John Konop says:

    I was a college wrestler in the old days…… So I may be bias…….wrestling was an original Olympic sport…..have we lost all sense of history?

    • saltycracker says:

      History would require them to wrassle neked (sic).
      Let’s cut it back to sports defined by points, goals, timing….no judges personal opinion.
      Boxing would have to involve submission or failure to respond. Gymnastics, diving, figure skating…….gone.
      That’d make room for golf & MMA. 🙂

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