Sports world rocked by two scandals with Olympic ties

It’s been a crazy day in the world of sports. First, the shocking arrest of one of the breakout stars of the 2012 London Olympic Games, runner Oscar Pistorius. Next come claims by a Russian wrestling coach the real reason for cutting the sport from the 2020 Games is all part of the “gay agenda.”

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Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius, the South African runner who made history as the first amputee to qualify for the Olympics, has been formally charged with the murder of his girlfriend, aspiring model Reeva Steenkamp. According to authorities, in the early morning hours on Thursday police were summoned to Pistorius’ residence after receiving a call about a disturbance. When they arrived, they found Steenkamp, 30, dead from four gunshot wounds. A spokesperson for the police in Johannesburg said that there were no other suspects being considered at the time, as Pistorius, 26, was the only other individual in the house at the time.

According to sources, Pistorius claims that the shooting was an accident, and that he thought Steenkamp an intruder. However, the police spokesperson also confirmed that it was not the first time they had been summoned to Pistorius’s home on a disturbance call.

A know gun enthusiast, Pistorius had achieved almost rock star status after competing in the summer Olympic Games last year held in London.  A medalist in the Paralympic Games, Pistorius made history as the first amputee to compete in a traditional Olympic games. In the 2012 Olympics, he reached the 400-meter semifinal and competed in the 4×400 meter relay.

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Reeva Steenkamp

Steenkamp was on the verge of stardom as well. The blonde beauty was already the face of cosmetics giant Avon in South Africa, and was set to guest star on a reality show for Jamaican television called Tropika Island of Treasure, this coming weekend. In addition to her entertainment accomplishments, Steenkamp graduated with a law degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, ad was an outspoken advocate on the campaign to prevent violence against women.

“WEAR BLACK THIS FRIDAY IN SUPPORT AGAINST #RAPE,” was re-tweeted from Steenkamp’s account just hours before her death.

As for Pistorius, he is being held at this writing awaiting an arraignment and setting of bail hearing on Friday morning. Authorities plan to oppose bail for Pistorius.

Meanwhile, according to Russian sports website R-Sports, Russian wrestling coach Vladimir Uruimagov said that the International Olympic Committee’s decision to remove wrestling from the Olympic line up as a “gay conspiracy.”

“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world,” Uruimagov said, adding that cutting wrestling from the Olympic program was “a blow to masculine origins.”

Russian wrestling coach Vladimir Uruimagov

Russian wrestling coach Vladimir Uruimagov

On February, 12th, IOC officials announced that they would be cutting the sport from the games starting with the 2020 games. The move has sent shock waves through the Olympic community. The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Originally speculation was that the Pentathlon would be eliminated. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year. The IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, to decide which sport or sports to propose for 2020 inclusion, with the final vote to be made at the 125th IOC general assembly which convenes September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The news further unsettled Coach Uruimagov, who had a few more words for the IOC.

“It turns out this committee is headed by representative of these minorities,” said Uruimagov clarifying that he meant sexual minorities. “It is necessary for millions around the world who understand that this is a man’s sport and who 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.”

Wrestling combines freestyle and Greco-Roman disciplines. It had 11 medal events in freestyle and seven in Greco-Roman at last year’s London Olympics. Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion in 2020. The others are a combined bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu; a full-contact sport derived from Chinese martial arts. They will be vying for a single opening in 2020.

As for the location of the 2020 games, the list has been cut down to three. The finalists are Madrid, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; and Tokyo Japan. A final decision will be made during the September meeting of the IOC.

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