A term referring to the men's Olympic discipline, based upon a form of wrestling established in the 1860s modelled upon the Roman style of wrestling: the use of the legs is prohibited, and no holds can be made below the hips. It is held at a number of weights and has been dominated throughout its Olympic years by Scandinavian and East European nations. While claiming a classicist pedigree for the Olympics in the modern media age, though in fact a modern creation, the sport draws few informed spectators. In the wrestling halls of the contemporary Olympics, audiences are as likely to be made up of school parties accessing some of the cheaper Olympic tickets, or groups of gay men for whom the contorted movements of the combatants clearly provide light relief and entertainment as much as sporting thrill.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.