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Wrestling president quits after Olympic omission

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:42 a.m. HST, Feb 16, 2013


PHUKET, Thailand >> The president of the international wrestling federation has quit in the wake of the IOC's decision to remove the sport from the 2020 Olympics.

Raphael Martinetti's resignation was announced Saturday at the FILA executive committee meeting in Phuket. The Swiss had been in the position since 2002.

On Tuesday, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee dumped wrestling from its guaranteed berth in future Summer games, forcing the sport to compete for a spot on the program.

U.S.A. Wrestling executive director Rich Bender said Martinetti's departure "provides international wrestling with an opportunity to change and improve," giving the sport a chance "to create a fresh new relationship" with the IOC.

Wrestling will still be on the program at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.






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Charliegrunt wrote:
This is a travesty. We call the games the Olympics. Wrestling was part of the original Olympic Games started by the Greeks. My understanding is that there are other sports with less attendance and viewing that have been kept. Maybe another look should be taken of those on the Olympic Committee to see how many are mentally challenged.
on February 16,2013 | 06:22AM
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