I don’t know how many will mourn the loss of wrestling from the Olympic Games, but a tip o’ the hat to Yonhap’s headline on the news:
“S. Koreans grapple with wrestling’s exclusion from Olympics.”
Of more concrete interest in what an absence of sweaty, grappling men in outfits that resemble atomic wedgies means to the ROK in the Olympics:
South Korea lost one of its strongest sports at the Summer Games. The country has grabbed 11 gold medals and 35 medals in total in wrestling.
Wrestling also gave South Korea its first Olympic gold, as Yang Jung-mo claimed the men’s 62-kilogram division in freestyle at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
This not counting Sohn Kee-chung’s gold medal performance at the 1936 Berlin Games, under the Japanese flag.
Vying to replace wrestling in the 2020 Olympics —yes, you are afforded adequate time to get over the loss— are: karate, roller sports, squash, climbing, wakeboarding, wushu and baseball-softball.
I thought that list included “waterboarding” for a brief moment, but of course it doesn’t. And yes, I had to Google “wushu“.