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    I think it would be quite a while before MMA got enough mainstream acceptance to be in the Olympics, just because of the image. Pancration might have a better chance.
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    I like MMA, but I don't consider it a sport in the same way I do boxing, wrestling, judo, speed-skating, or anything else they could do in the Olympics. MMA is still in it's infancy as far as sports go, so maybe if it is still big in 100 years they will have devised a rule-set that would translate well to Olympic competition.

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    From what I've read, Pankration was turned down as an Olympic sport a few years ago. Keith Hackney was planning to coach some of his men to compete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holy Moment
    From what I've read, Pankration was turned down as an Olympic sport a few years ago. Keith Hackney was planning to coach some of his men to compete.
    Any idea what the reasoning for turning it down was?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Money
    Any idea what the reasoning for turning it down was?
    Probably the Olympic Commitees fine sense of tradition and history.

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    pankration was turned down because the committee didn't think the facilities in athens would be able to accommodate it along with the other combat sports it should be on the table again for beijing, sambo also has been tried in 1980 but it didn't draw much attention, it's supposed to be tried again in 2010, which would be nice, since with a grappling sport in the winter olympics we wouldn't have to wait 4 years to see an olympic grapplling competition, and it wouldn't have to compete with the others for attention, then again I live in the US so I'll never be able to see it on TV anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theword
    Probably the Olympic Commitees fine sense of tradition and history.
    That's hilarious! Nice one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theword
    Probably the Olympic Commitees fine sense of tradition and history.
    Awesome. I have no idea what the justification is. The wikipedia article on Pankration quotes


    In the lead-up to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, a modern non-nude version of pankration was tipped as being a new sport in the Olympiad, especially due to its being an event in the ancient games. However, its application was not approved. the International Olympic Committee was unconvinced that Greece could handle the total number of sports proposed. To placate the IOC, the organizers removed all new medal sports and pankration missed out.[1]

    Apparently it was slated to be in the games but was pulled out so maybe there is a chance next time. No idea on what the rule set would be but I haven't heard about MMA being even demonstrated at a previous Olympic game (pretty sure it's required) nor of an organized effort pushing for this so we may be some ways off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FUNKtastic
    a ... non-nude version of pankration
    There's the problem. How on Earth do they think they'll draw crowds with so many restrictions?

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    I'd really like to see a submission grappling event in the olympics with rules similar to ADCC, once that happens (and is successful) then MMA as an event is probably far more likely

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