When I saw the news last week that the Olympics have preliminarily decided that they'll drop wrestling starting with the 2020 Olympiad, I thought it was one of those Onion stories that people mistake for actual news. What a patently ridiculous idea. What more direct connection between the ancient Olympic games and the modern games than one of the few sports left that requires no equipment, no complex venue. This sport doesn't require a horse and a few million dollars to "compete" in. Just a circle on a mat and two bodies pitting strength and skill against one another... but this is the sport that doesn't fit in Olympic competition!?
|The USSR's Alexander Karelin fueled how many gay wrestling fantasies!?|
The Russian wrestling coach who blames the gays for this decision similarly sounded like an obviously Onion-esque farce of a story. Eliminating wrestling is apparently something designed on behalf of "the gays" to redefine masculinity, turning away from the spectacle of hot, nearly naked muscled bodies of male athletes squeezing and throwing and pinning one another as crowds watch on cheering. Because, yeah, you know.... the gays surely hate that. We can't stand seeing that, can we?
|Indian Kamar Sushil shows off his biceps as he threatens to rip an opponent's head off on his way to gold. More, please.|
|American Jordan Burroughs own his opponent in last summer's London games.|
So sign petitions. Raise a stink. And remember that haters will hate, regardless of the topic.
|Um, yeah. Nothing about this for a gay man to want to see:|
Egyptian Olympic wrestler Karam Gabar Ebrahim