On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee’s executive board voted to remove wrestling from the Olympic games without comment, causing some people to believe conspiracy plots.
According to RT.com, Vladimir Uruimagov, who has coached two Russian Olympic champions in Greco-Roman wrestling, claims that homosexual activists bent on world domination are to blame.
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“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world,” Uruimagov told the R-Sport Agency. “It turns out this committee is headed by representatives of these minorities.”
“It is necessary for millions around the world to understand that this is a man’s sport and to understand the need to continue the human race to go out and explain their position to the Olympic Committee. We should prove and explain that in any other case there is no future.”
An unidentified International Olympic Committee representative said low TV ratings and a lack of audience interest during the London Olympics could be behind the reasons for the decision.
“I can’t imagine the Olympics without wrestling. It’s unfair to rob millions of children, engaged in wrestling in Russia, of their Olympic dream,” Russia's Olympic head Aleksandr Zhukov told a news conference on Wednesday.
“We will use every opportunity to keep wrestling in the Olympic program. If I had known wrestling could be dropped from the Olympics I would have spoken to [the IOC president Jacques] Rogge in person. But no one expected this. Wushu? Roller skating? Sport climbing? I respect all these disciplines, but wrestling is much more important."