Voices from Russia

Friday, 3 July 2015

3 July 2015. Where was Greece in 500 BC? Where was Germany?

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For all of youse who believe that the Germans are inherently “superior”…



Friday, 11 April 2014

11 April 2014. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Chronicle of the Ancient Olympic Games in Classical Greece

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Chronicle of the Ancient Olympic Games. 11.04.14.



As for me, I favour the reintroduction of the pankration to the Olympics. Trust me, it’d become the most popular event, no question about it. Could you see heavyweight pankratists go at it? Now, THAT’S sport! Alas, we live in wimpy times… squash has a better chance of being part of the Olympics than the pankration has… damn, it’d be a prole sport to beat the band, wouldn’t it?

8 February 2014



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Friday, 21 February 2014

Thank Zeus… Olympics Reinstate Wrestling

00 Aleksandr Karelin. wrestling. 21.02.14

Three-time Olympic Graeco-Roman Wrestling champion Honored Master of Sport Aleksandr Karelin (one of the greatest bad-asses of all time)… he took part in the Sochi opening ceremony… Ura!


Editor’s Note:

Yes, this is an “old” item… but I wanted to get away from the Ukrainian crisis for a while, and post some GOOD NEWS. This is good news, indeed… ‘rasslin lies at the heart of the Olympics. It’s good to see a prole sport beat out a rich man’s so-called “sport” like squash. There are SOME things RIGHT with the world, after all…



Wrestling will stay an Olympic sport, per an emotional International Olympic Committee vote in Buenos Aires on Sunday 8 September 2013. Wrestling beat out squash and baseball/softball to remain on the programme during the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond. The IOC slashed wrestling back in February, but after seven months of campaigning by FILA, wrestling’s international governing body, and many rule changes, the ancient sport will continue to grace the Olympic Games. According to Nenad Lalović, President of FILA, cheers, applause, and tears of joy followed Sunday’s vote by the IOC in Buenos Aires on Sunday, after it announced that wrestling would remain an Olympic sport past 2016. He said, “Everybody jumped and screamed and I saw tears in the eyes of men who were 80-years-old. That was fantastic”.

It was an emotional triumph. It followed a seven-month campaign that began last February, when the IOC surprisingly slashed wrestling from the Olympic programme past 2016. Since then, wrestling made it to a final round of runoffs that had it up against two other sports battling for a final spot, baseball/softball, and squash. Whilst Lalović said he didn’t see the other presentations, so he couldn’t pass judgement on them, he knew that he had tradition on his side the entire time. After all, wrestling is a fundamental elemental Olympic sport. It had an honoured role in the original Olympics of Athens, in Ancient Greece. Lalović noted, “You have to understand that it was very difficult because the burden we carried on our back was bigger than the other sports had. We were fighting to survive; for them, that was it, they’re not in. They’ll be in one day, but for us it was much more difficult, especially on the emotional side”.

According to Lalović, wrestling was losing steam in the international community. The rules were too confusing, it wasn’t entertaining to watch, and the wrestling community did little to promote itself on the global stage. Since the so called “wake-up call” seven months ago, Lalović said FILA introduced many changes to make the sport more entertaining, saying, “We had to update our sport. We received the message and understood it very well, and found a way to be back. We succeeded in that, and, one day, maybe, this 8th of September will be the greatest day in wrestling history. We learned what we had to learn”.

Lalović vowed to change FILA’s constitution to increase the number of weight classes for women, as well as add a female vice president to the board, something that’s in line with the IOC’s request to make the sport more female-friendly. Additional rule changes include penalising wrestlers who are overly passive, and an amendment to the points system, all of which, according to Lalović, will make the sport more enjoyable to watch. Lalović said the fight isn’t over, and they’ll adopt more rule changes in future to keep wrestling up-to-date with international demand.

9 September 2013

Vasili Sushko

Voice of Russia World Service


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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Putin Protests Wrestling’s Olympic Exclusion

Mavlet Batirov


On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin labelled the decision to exclude wrestling from the Olympics “unjustified” and said that he hoped to take up the sport’s cause with the International Olympic Committee. The IOC dropped wrestling from the list of core Olympic sports last month, and it’d vanish from the Games from 2020 onwards unless it beats seven other candidate sports for the last available slot. Putin said, “It appears unjustified that traditional sports which originally formed the basis of the Olympic Games in the time of Ancient Greece, where the Olympic movement began, are now excluded from the Olympic programme”. Putin also said that wrestling’s future requires a focused discussion, “which I hope we’d still be able to have with our friends from the IOC”.

Putin’s comments are his first public protests against the decision, although his spokesman Dmitri Peskov previously vowed Russia would fight to help wrestling retain its place at the Olympics. The IOC will make the final decision on the Olympic programme for the 2020 Games in September in Buenos Aires, along with the announcement of the host city. Wrestling’s cause brought together unlikely allies, with American and Iranian national Olympic officials among those to call for the sport’s reinstatement. The sport was part of every Olympics since 1904. In recent years, it’s struggled to attract spectator interest outside its stronghold countries and faced claims of corrupt refereeing at the Games. Putin also said that he hoped to see the Russian martial art of sambo added to the Olympic programme in the future. Sambo is not on the IOC-approved list of candidate sports.

13 March 2013




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