OLYMPIC WRESTLING: Campaign To Save Sport

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A campaign to save wrestling at the Olympic games is being unveiled Friday by Gov. Terry Branstad.

Earlier this week, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee announced it recommended dropping wrestling from the games beginning in 2020. That puts wrestling a short list of other sports that can be voted on to be included in the Olympics. Only one of the sports will be chosen for inclusion.

The final decision won’t be made by the IOC until September but supporters of the sport are fighting back. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are joining forces with Iowa Olympians from the sport to push for its inclusion.

Friday at the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines a news conference will be held with Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable, Olympic bronze medalist Terry Brands, and 2008 Olympian Doug Schwab to reveal information about the “Let’s Keep Wrestling” campaign.

You can sign a petition to show support for the inclusion of wrestling in the 2020 Summer Olympics here.