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Cuba's Livan Lopez Azcuy (in red) fights with Azerbaijan's Jabrayil Hasanov for the bronze medal of the Men's 66Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 12, 2012.                REUTERS/Toru Hanai (BRITAIN  - Tags: OLYMPICS)   - RTR36R47

01 Mar Wrestling

Today I overheard a very interesting conversation between a group of boys at my university. They were talking about the Tokyo Summer Olympics. One group was very angry that the Olympic Committee decided to not have wrestling as a sport. The other group was angry that karate was not one of the recognized sports. These two groups were arguing over the positives and negatives of each sport. To be honest I’ve been so focused on my TOEIC test and becoming an interpreter that I haven’t had time to learn much about the different sports in the Olympic Games. Of course I know about track and field and basketball and other popular sports but I didn’t know that they sometimes changed. I was especially surprised to learn that wrestling was not a sport anymore. I’d always remembered in my history class that the original Greek Olympians wrestled in the ancient Olympics. So it’s hard for me to imagine no wrestling in the Olympics. To me wrestling equals the Olympics. I believe I heard some of the boys say that the sports had not been decided yet so there was a small chance that wrestling or karate could be played in the Olympics. Karate would be nice since the Olympics are being held in Japan but I don’t know how popular karate is around the world. Wrestling is a little popular in Japan but it seems like more high school students do judo there anything else. Right now in Japan baseball and soccer of the most popular sports.

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