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Olympics Dumps Wrestling

Wrestling is one of nine sports that was contested in the first modern Olympics in 1896. Its formal history dates back to the ancient Olympics in 708 B.C., and there are cave drawings of wrestlers that predate 3,000 B.C. And yet, the International Olympic Committee did the unthinkable Tuesday when its executive board moved to eliminate wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. "I am very angry about this news," said Russian Wrestling Federation President Mikhail Mamiashvili on the federation's website. "We had no idea they'd say, 'Here's the death penalty,'" said an audibly stunned Rulon Gardner, an American who won a wrestling gold medal in Sydney in 2000/Matthew Futterman and Sara Germano, Wall Street Journal. More here. (In this Sept. 27, 2000, AP file photo, USA's Rulon Gardner waves the American flag following his gold medal win in the Greco-Roman 130 kg final wrestling in Sydney)

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the decision by the Olympics executive committee to drop wrestling?




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