MOSCOW, February 12 (R-Sport) - Gay rights activists with a vendetta against masculinity are behind plans to cut wrestling from the Olympic program, the coach of a London 2012 gold medal-winner told R-Sport on Tuesday.
The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board voted Tuesday to cut wrestling from the list of 25 confirmed sports for the 2020 Games and forced it to reapply as part of a group of eight sports fighting for a single place.
“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world,” coach Vladimir Uruimagov said, calling the decision “a blow to masculine origins.”
He added: “It turns out this committee is headed by representative of these minorities," clarifying that he meant sexual minorities.
Uruimagov called on wrestling fans to petition the IOC to reinstate wrestling, suggesting that the future of humanity was at stake.
“It is necessary for millions around the world who understand that this is a man’s sport and who understand the need to continue the human race to go out and explain their position to the Olympic Committee,” he said. “We should prove and explain that in any other case there is no future.”
None of the 15 members of the IOC executive board have any apparent background in gay rights movements.
The board is chaired by IOC president Jacques Rogge, who was criticized by some gay activists in the run-up to London after the organization rejected calls to ban countries that discriminate against homosexuals.
The IOC has not stated the reason for wrestling’s exclusion from the "core" list of confirmed sports.
Wrestling has been a part of every Olympics since 1904 and accounted for 18 of the 302 gold medals awarded at London 2012.
A final decision will be made at a full IOC meeting in September.
Uruimagov coached Khasan Baroev to Greco-Roman 120 kilogram gold at Athens 2004 and Alan Khugaev to 84 kilogram Greco-Roman gold at London 2012.