Couldn’t this have been accomplished by a sitdown last winter? If wrestling simply needed a makeover to retain its historic position in the Games, couldn’t its Olympic overlords have given the international federation a list of required changes and let its officials rassle with them? Did the whole process need to take seven months, involve four votes, and turn four sports on their heads just to maintain the status quo?
That’s what happened in Buenos Aires Sunday morning when the International Olympic Committee decided to keep wrestling on the summer program instead of reinstating baseball and softball or adding squash. For most sports fans, there shouldn’t have been any question about that. Wrestling was one of the cornerstones of the ancient Games and has been on the menu all but once since they were revived in 1896.