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Why was Wrestling scheduled to be removed from the Summer Olympic Games?

Long story short, they wanted to drop one sport so that they could add another, and they cited low ticket sales, low popularity, low TV ratings, and a lack of oversight and diversity. The board voted ...
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Why do the 2020 Summer Olympics have Kata but not Poomsae?

There are several reasons, but in my opinion, they are somewhat of a cop-out - and yet a relief. Keep in mind, getting into the Olympics is a herculean task: there needs to be a federation ...
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Why is there no sport called martial arts at the Olympics?

What makes multiple events fall under the same sport? They all have the same governing organization. Many individual martial arts cannot keep their affairs within one organization because of too much ...
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How is the scoring determined in Judo for the Olympics?

Judo rules and scoring have changed over the years, so I am providing an update for 2016. Differences from older answers are in pin times and treatment of penalties. Scores There are three positive ...
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What submissions are not allowed in competitive Judo?

According to the Sport and Organization Rules of the IJF (2019), the following applications of katame-waza are illegal: Kansetsu-waza Joint-locks applied anywhere other than the elbow (i.e. neck, ...
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Why were leg grabs removed from competitive judo?

I have seen no official documentation for this decision, so I can only relay what I have heard from international referees on this subject. Olympics The word in US referee clinics at this time was ...
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Why is wrestling considered an Olympic sport whereas karate and kung fu are just considered martial arts?

TL; DR: It has to do with the fact that they have separate international governing bodies (see breakdown below). The Olympics have a tiered classification system, that can be a bit confusing if you ...
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Taekwondo: Is it too late to start TKD at 14 and still become an Olympian?

The average age of medalists in Olympic Taekwondo is 24 years old for males, 23 years old for females. The medalists go up to over age 30. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3863920/ The ...
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Why is wrestling considered an Olympic sport whereas karate and kung fu are just considered martial arts?

Note: As of Tokyo 2020, karate is an Olympic sport. Whether a sport is recognised as an Olympic sport is ultimately up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). To qualify, a sport must ...
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Why is there no sport called martial arts at the Olympics?

To directly answer your question, it is a guess, but I'd say that politics prevents it from happening in the future, and momentum prevented it in the past. As to politics, it's hard enough to get a ...
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How is the scoring determined in Judo for the Olympics?

Disclaimer: Since this question was asked the IJF scoring rules have changed multiple times e.g: Koka, Yuko no longer exist Chui, keikoku no longer exist 2 waza-ari = waza-ari awasete ...
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Why were leg grabs removed from competitive judo?

Here is the justification given by the IJF in their notification of amendments to the Refereeing Rules from 2010 which introduced the ban on leg-grabs: Introduction The IJF's wish is to defend ...
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Qualify for Olympic Judo

According to this page on the 2020 Olympics: The first way to qualify for the Olympics, is to be one of the best judokas in the world, and be among the top 18 in the IJF's rankings. All best 18 of ...
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Qualify for Olympic Judo

An athlete competes in the International Judo Federation (IJF) world tour and accumulates points based on finish from IJF ranking. IJF has a document describing qualification for Paris 2024. The top ...
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