A country dominating an event shouldn't matter as the us wins some swimming relays every 4 years. Because they have a huge swimming program and can get the good swimmers for all the relays and abolishing some swimming events for non competitiveness is not addressed.
siwmming is dominated by US and Australia, even Figure Skating before singles were dominated by the US and pairs/dance by Soviets
also gymnastics is one of the main attractions in Olympics and sells tickets , based on London, RG stadium was fully booked unlike wrestling
so I don't think its going anytime soon.
On an unrelated note (though, I'm not sure what is considered "related to the topic" in this thread anymore), I was looking at some of J. Estina's advertisements featuring Son Yeon Jae and they really need to learn how to style her better. Most of these adverts made her look like she's in her late 20s or early 30s. You know there is a problem with styling when Yuna Kim, who is only slightly older than you, manages to look much more youthful than you in the advertisements for the same company that she's featured in.
I disagree, even though the horse is the "athlete." Equestrianism is a gorgeous and suspenseful sport to watch, with an ancient tradition. Not only that; it's also one of the very few sports where women and men compete on the same team and on an equal footing (marksmanship is the only other one I can think of offhand).
But really, it's the very variety of Olympic sports that makes the Olympics interesting, and every one of them has followers, even if you and I find particular ones weird. Most of these sports can be interesting (especially with an adept TV commentator) at the world-class level. Table tennis is practically a killer sport in China, and my eyes almost popped the first time I saw it played at an elite level. The ball flies faster than a speeding bullet. One of the most popular sports, boxing, is one I hate to watch, but I don't make the mistake of thinking it should be dropped. (Especially Olympic-style boxing, because the object is not to knock anyone out, thank God.)
The benefit of having different sports that different countries specialize in cannot be underestimated. For example, I think Bhutan specializes in archery, and the modern pentathlon often has medalists from Sweden and Hungary. And tiny little Jamaica seems to be a motherlode for sprinters. This gives many nations a chance to feel pride at the Olympics.
Conversely, it's also fun for me to watch sports that my country, the U.S., doesn't tend to excel in, because I get to enjoy an event I don't normally get exposed to in the course of everyday life. But there's another benefit in all these different sports, which is that frequently they demand different body types. So you get the example of the German speed skater Karin Enke, who began as a figure skater but had a body type incompatible with top-level skating. Large and muscular, she was the ideal speed skater. Just the difference between sprinters and marathoners is enlightening. This variety of possibilities gives many people the chance to be champion athletes on the world stage. The more the merrier, I think!
As for rhythmic gymnastics (full disclosure: I love this sport), the U.S. can barely get in the front door of the sport, and I say good going to Son! If she can make it into the Olympic finals, she's already in the big time. I was very excited to see her at the Olympics, and I hope to see more. If this makes her marketable, good for her. No need to compare her to anyone else.
I don't watch wrestling at all. But I did follow the process of its removal from the Olympics, and it's a process of corruption, greed and elitism of the sort that's entirely antithetical to the spirit of the games. Wrestling is one of the more egalitarian sports in the games, because unlike many other ones, all you need is a flat surface anywhere to train for it. And almost every culture has some tradition of wrestling. As a result, wrestling is one of the few sports where medals are spread out, even among poorer countries. Participants come from every corner of the world. And because it is a sport where poorer nations can compete on a more equal footing with rich ones, interest is high in those developing countries. Unfortunately, that became the main issue for the IOC. The media market in those countries just don't supply the IOC with the same money that the richer ones can. Nepotism also played a role. In the final round of decisions, it came down to wrestling vs. modern pentathlon. The son of the president of the federation that governs modern pentathlon is an IOC member and lobbied directly to save the sport. Wrestling, unfortunately, had no such patron in the organization. So the modern pentathlon, a niche sport that is prohibitively expensive to train in, with far less participation than wrestling, was saved, while the plebian wrestling was ejected. To give you an idea of how undemocratic the decision is, consider that only 21 countries have ever medaled in the modern pentathlon, vs 54 for wrestling.
Now, I don't begrudge modern pentathlon's inclusion in the games. The real problems are the policies, the culture and the institutions that led to the decision between the two sports.
The biggest problem of all is how relentlessly capitalistic the Olympics have become. There are still some vestiges of concerns for athletes, fairness, participation and global good will, but the almighty dollar dominates.
Paradoxically, the second problem is how ridiculously wasteful the games are. In order to qualify for hosting the games, the host city must be able to provide expensive facilities for various niche sports. Those facilities frequently go to waste after the games. In order to keep costs under control, the IOC instituted a strict limit on the number of sports that can be contested at each game. Under this rule, to get in a new sport, an older one must be chopped. Intense (and undoubtedly corrupt and nepotistic) lobbying by other sports meant something had to give. And that something was wrestling. Ironically, getting rid of wrestling is not cost effective at all! Wrestling is one of the cheapest sports to facilitate! Pretty much any stadium or auditorium will do.
A far saner solution would be to have a few evergreen locations for some of the more expensive and esoteric sporting venues, like the canoe slalom course, without requiring the host city to build them. The money they save there would let poor ol' wrestling rejoin the fun.
I was expecting to find postings of Yuna’s advertisements and achievements, but instead debates regarding which sport should not be included in the Olympics.
If you want posts about Yuna, just visit any thread that isn't about Yuna.