By Joanna Chadwick
I was disturbed and saddened by this story I saw this morning on the Olympic committee getting rid of wrestling, as of 2020.
It just doesn’t seem possible that the Olympics would not have wrestling. It’s such a wonderful sport, so intense and enjoyable to watch. It’s also one of the oldest.
I don’t understand this decision. What is your take?
I am irked, though, to see how Title IX is blamed for the death of wrestling in college. I don’t think it’s right that colleges have let go of the sport to maintain their STANDARDS of GENDER EQUALITY, but let’s take a look at a sport like football, which has a ridiculous number of athletes and is the reason why most colleges struggle to maintain equality. Blame the colleges for their decisions instead of blaming Title IX.
Title IX insists on women being afforded the same opportunities as men in sports. Gasp!
Thank goodness for that. I say that not only because I benefited from it as a high school athlete but because being allowed to play sports — instead of standing on the sidelines and only being able to watch — it has afforded girls an avenue that gives them more confidence, healthier bodies, better lives. Just like boys.
So focus on how the Olympics are killing the sport. Be mad. Do something about it. Petition. Put the blame where the blame should be. Because this is ridiculous.