February 28, 2013 |
I watched a video of the movie "Argo" as I flew into Tehran recently. I couldn't help but wonder why I was willingly accompanying a group of Americans into a city that not so long ago was the scene of one of the greatest exfiltrations ever. I wondered if Ben Affleck would rescue me if things were to go poorly. Honestly, I wasn't really worried; I was traveling with the USA Wrestling team and we had been invited by the government of Iran to participate in the World Cup, a tournament where the top wrestling nations vie for international glory.
February 26, 2013 |
Hasan Arat, the head of Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, not only wants his city to host the Games, he wants wrestling reinstated if it does. “If we are awarded the Games, Turkey wants to have wrestling events in Istanbul,” Arat said Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee executive board voted earlier this month to drop wrestling beginning in 2020. The three finalists to host the 2020 Games are Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. The IOC meets in September and will make a decision then.
February 14, 2013 |
Dozens of wrestling greats and their agitated fans gathered Thursday in Tehran to lament the elimination from the Olympics of the sport, which has a storied past in Iran. Olympic officials decided Tuesday to cut wrestling from the 2020 Games, jettisoning a staple that had been part of the international competition for more than a century. Backers of the sport will have a chance in May to try to get it restored, but chances are seen as slight. The decision stunned athletes and fans around the world.
February 13, 2013 |
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, under fire after the IOC's decision to drop wrestling from the Olympics on Tuesday, says he will meet with the head of wrestling's governing body to discuss ways the sport can fight to return to the Games. Rogge says he has talked to Raphael Martinetti, the president of international wrestling federation FILA, and they agreed they "would meet at the first opportunity to have discussions.” Rogge says he was encouraged FILA had “vowed to adapt the sport and vowed to fight" the decision.
February 13, 2013
The International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling as a Summer Games sport on Tuesday, meaning that effective with the 2020 Games, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling won't be a part of the festivities after being in every Summer Olympics since 1896. There are a handful of sports under consideration to replace wrestling: karate, wakeboarding, roller sports, baseball/softball, wushu, squash, sport climbing. And wrestling can petition to be let back in, though the odds of that happening are long.
February 12, 2013 |
In a stunning surprise, the International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling, which has been a part of the modern Games since they began in 1896, from the Summer Olympics starting in 2020. Modern pentathlon was considered the most likely sport to be dropped. The decision was made by secret ballot over several rounds. Four sports were on the bubble in the final round: Wrestling, modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey. The IOC board acted after reviewing all 26 sports on the current Olympic program.
February 12, 2013 |
The fallout from the International Olympic Committee's stunning decision to drop wrestling from the Summer Games beginning in 2020 has drawn outrage from wrestling officials and competitors around the world. Former Olympic champion Cael Sanderson of the U.S. said Tuesday that his sport's appearance at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games would not be its last. "It might just awaken a sleeping giant here,” the 2004 Athens champion in 84-kilogram freestyle told the Associated Press.
February 12, 2013 |
As burning issues go in sports, the elimination of wrestling from the 2020 Olympics is a pilot light. What's more interesting is the strange politics and fractured logic that apparently still exist within the Olympic ruling body, the International Olympic Committee. Suffice to say, these are not the Olympics of your father. More like your grandfather. For years, the IOC consisted of aristocrats and their offspring. Commoners need not apply. The explanation for that, as made clear during an interview at the Summer Games last year in London with a current non-aristocrat member, was necessity.
January 29, 2013 |
Compromise, defined as the art of getting part of a loaf when the whole loaf is out of reach, comes in many forms. But surely the strangest of all is what comes of trying to compromise with yourself. That's what California's stem cell agency is attempting to do. And judging from its record of pioneering new ways of funding and managing scientific research, you can rest assured that the results will be fraught with interest. What's at issue is how the agency's board wrestles with recommendations for changes in its membership and its authority over the spending of its $3-billion endowment in state bond funds (that's $6 billion, including interest)
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November 18, 2012 |
After the nightmares started, Davien Graham avoided his bicycle. In his dreams, he pedaled his silver BMX bike through his neighborhood, heard gunfire and died. If I stay off my bike, I'll be safe, he thought. He placed it in a backyard shed, where it sat for months. But Jan. 12, 2008, dawned so spectacular that Davien decided to risk it. He ate Cap'n Crunch Berries cereal, grabbed the bike and rode a half-mile west to Calvary Grace, a Southern Baptist church that was his haven.