The IOC recommendation to drop wrestling from the Olympics in 2020 has galvanized national and international support that runs across party lines and has brought together nations that have been on thin ice with each other. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and Democratic Senator Cullerton, who put together the Senate resolution passed by the Illinois Senate in support of Olympic wrestling, and former Republican Speaker of the House, Denny Hastert, joined forces in Springfield this week for the occasion. This month, Iran will bring its Olympic team to Los Angeles to take on the USA Team in an effort to show the world how important wrestling is. Earlier this year, Iran hosted the a world wrestling event and cheered for the USA team in another showing of mutual respect precipitated by the sport of wrestling.
The marketing campaign recently rolled out by the FILA (the international governing body for wrestling) captures the essence of wrestling and why it is so important:
To wrestle is to be human.
It is accessable and understand at every level, in every culture, around the world because it is so fundamentally identifiable with the human condition.