Dropping wrestling unjustified

China Daily
Thursday 14th March, 2013

/enpproperty– MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that wrestling should not be excluded from the Olympics, suggesting its ancient roots made it an integral part of the programme. Last month, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a surprise recommendation to drop it from the Olympic programme in 2020, leaving wrestling to fight with seven other sports for one spot when the board meets in May. “The removal of traditional sports that have been central from the beginning and were in the programme of the Olympic Games in the times of Ancie…

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