Following the removal of wrestling from the Olympic Games, a leading Russian wrestling coach has blamed gay people bent on world domination for the move.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board has not revealed its reasons for demoting the sport but it’s been speculated that it has to do with diminishing TV viewership and low crowd turnout at the London 2012 Games.
Russian wrestling Coach Vladimir Uruimagov, who coached London gold medal winner Alan Khugaev, however, believes more sinister reasons are behind Tuesday’s IOC decision.
“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world,” a hysterical Uruimagov was quoted as saying by the R-Sport agency. “It turns out this committee is headed by representatives of these minorities.”
He went on to warn: “It is necessary for millions around the world to understand that this is a man’s sport and to understand the need to continue the human race to go out and explain their position to the Olympic Committee. We should prove and explain that in any other case there is no future.”
The IOC board, however, is chaired by Jacques Rogge, who is reported to be firmly heterosexual. He has also been criticised in the past for refusing to ban countries that discriminate against gay people from the Olympic Games.
Wrestling may still make it into back into the Games when the issue comes up for vote again at an IOC meeting in September.