It began with a hashtag.
#saveOlympicwrestling La lotta è tradizione, fascino, pathos, forza, tecnica, eleganza. Eliminate il pentathlon o il badminton, cazzo.—
Sorush Kavoosian (@SKshouse) February 11, 2013
According to Topsy, a social analytics company, that was the first tweet that ever used the hashtag, #SaveOlympicWrestling. The first English tweet:
Oldest sport in the world #SaveOlympicWrestling—
Ben Whitford (@WhitfordBen) February 12, 2013
It was seven months ago that the International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. The thought process behind it was to add another sport in its place. Perhaps a sport that would appeal to a mass (think “tv) audience?
Whatever the reason, the decision spurred the sport into action. The hashtag, #SaveOlympicWrestling, united the wrestling community around the world. It became their rallying cry. A Facebook page was started. Even t-shirts were created:
In the last 30 days alone, according to Topsy, over 28k tweets have included that hashtag in their tweets, 16k of which have come in the past day. Today, those efforts proved fruitful as the IOC announced that wrestling would be reinstated in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Was it the hashtag? I’d like to think so. Social media is a powerful, centralized way to unite backers and get the message out. In this case, I think it helped their cause. But, we’re talking about the IOC. Politicking always seems to be involved when it comes to IOC and voting. Social media can be a form of politicking but, voting isn’t always on the up-and-up in the Olympics (see: Salt Lake City).
Nevertheless, wrestling is back. Right where it belongs. In the Olympics.
And…adopting two new hashtags:
Thank you IOC for putting WRESTLING back in the Olympic Games!!—
Cael Sanderson (@caelsanderson) September 08, 2013
IOC make smart move. They know I would beat the fuck out of them if they did not have my sport Wrestling in Olympic #SaveOlympicWrestling—
The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) September 08, 2013
Dan Gable and Terry Brands react to wrestling being reinstated by the IOC. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?feature=…—
Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) September 08, 2013
The Olympics keeps wrestling and it's the first Raider game of the season, does the day get any better !!!!???—
Anthony Robles (@ARobles125) September 08, 2013
US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) September 08, 2013
USA Wrestling (@USAWrestling) September 08, 2013