It began with a hashtag.

According to Topsy, a social analytics company, that was the first tweet that ever used the hashtag, #SaveOlympicWrestling. The first English tweet:

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:

#SaveOlympicWrestling t-shirts

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:


#WrestlingSavedAnd, a spin on the original hashtag, #OlympicWrestlingSaved




CadChica Sports

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