TNA Pushing For The Olympics To Reinstate Wrestling

Posted by Dave Mitchell on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

tna2

TNA sent out the following press release on Tuesday in response to the IOC announcing that wrestling will no longer be part of the Olympics starting in 2020. The article includes quotes from Kurt Angle and Dixie Carter, who urges the entire wrestling community, including WWE, to join the fight to #SaveOlympicWrestling:

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING Raises Voice To Save Olympic Wrestling | #SaveOlympicWrestling

On Tuesday the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced “25 Core Sports” for the 2020 Olympic Games dropping one of the original Olympic sports: wrestling. Wrestling will now have to fight to remain a part of the 2020 games. TNA IMPACT WRESTLING is home to 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle and is dedicated to change this decision.

The IOC stated reasoning for the decision, according to the report, was an analysis of “more than three dozen criteria, including television ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity.” The IOC has decided to keep recreational sports such as badminton, handball and table tennis in the “25 Core Sports” category and to delete one of the oldest Olympic sport that premiered in the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.

Kurt Angle is considered the best wrestler of all time to be in both amateur and professional wrestling and is gearing up to fight this decision and organize a battalion of like minds to save this Olympic sport.

“Wrestling is one of the most competitive sports in the world today,” stated TNA Superstar and 1996 Gold Medalist Kurt Angle. “Winning the gold for my country in one of the original Olympic sports was one of the greatest moments in my life.

“The wrestling community is in a state of shock with this decision– we can not sit back and allow this to happen. I will do whatever it takes and work with my company TNA WRESTLING and the competitive wrestling community to determine what we need to do to reverse this decision.”

“The news from the IOC is very disheartening to all of us at TNA as well as the tens of millions around the world who either participate in amateur wrestling or enjoy watching it in its entertainment form,” stated TNA President Dixie Carter. “We need to join together right now. We encourage our own IMPACT WRESTLING community, WWE and wrestling organizations worldwide as well as competitive amateur coaches and athletes to have a unified voice to make sure wrestling will be an Olympic sport in 2020.”

TNA encourages fans to take to social media to let your voices be heard. Speak out using #SaveOlympicWrestling and @Olympics.

* Brock Lesnar’s 2013 Feuds Revealed, Paul Heyman’s Next Move, Ziggler-MITB






Recent Headlines

steph

Stephanie McMahon To Apologize To D-Bryan On RAW, More (04/22)

 

– WWE.com posted an article on Tuesday noting that Stephanie McMahon will appear on next week’s WWE RAW broadcast to “apologize” to Daniel Bryan for … Continue reading
jim-ross-21

JR/Cornette Podcast, WWE’s Return To Hershey, WWE Stock (04/22)

 

– It was announced at Tuesday night’s WWE Main Event and SmackDown TV tapings that WWE will return to Hershey, PA for a post-Christmas house … Continue reading
smackdown

**SPOILERS** WWE SmackDown Results For Friday (04/22)

 

Credit: Rishi/Aaron/Jeremy/James of Prowrestling.net Dark Matches: Bo Dallas beat a local wrestler. The match was held prior to the Smackdown taping. The local wrestler was … Continue reading
smackdown

2 SD Dark Matches + WWE SD Matches Taped, More (04/22)

 

– In the dark match prior to Tuesday night’s WWE Main Event and SmackDown tapings in Hershey, PA, Bo Dallas defeated a local wrestler. This … Continue reading
danielbryan

Was Daniel Bryan At The WWE SmackDown Tapings?, More (04/22)

 

WWE has announced on their website that Daniel Bryan has “suffered” a cervical cord neurapraxia as a result of the attack from Kane on RAW. … Continue reading
ecw

Update: More Promotions Offer Extreme Rising Discounts (04/22)

 

UPDATE: After Extreme Rising canceled its events for this weekend, both Maryland Championship Wrestling and OMEGA have offered discounts on tickets for fans who purchased … Continue reading
tna2

The Updated Card For Sunday Night’s TNA Sacrifice PPV (04/22)

 

Here is the updated card for this Sunday night’s TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view: World Heavyweight Championship: Eric Young vs. Magnus Tag Team Match: Willow and Kurt … Continue reading
mick-foley

Mick Foley On Why He’s Not Signing A Legends Deal (04/22)

 

Mick Foley posted the following blog on his Facebook page earlier this evening: LEGENDS DEAL “To deal..or not to deal – that is the question. … Continue reading
Raw logo

This Week’s WWE RAW Rating Is In – Details Inside (04/22)

 

UPDATE: This week’s WWE RAW broadcast drew a final 2.97 (3.0) cable rating. ORIGINAL: The early numbers for Monday night’s WWE RAW broadcast are in … Continue reading
eric bischoff

Would Bischoff Return To WWE?, Heyman’s RAW Pipebomb (04/22)

 

– When asked by a fan on Twitter if he’d return to WWE, Eric Bischoff replied with the following: “Never say never right?” – Regarding … Continue reading
MORE POSTS