Roll Call: Olympics Wrestling Decision Angers Lawmakers

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Roll Call: Olympics Wrestling Decision Angers Lawmakers

The International Olympic Committee’s vote this week to eliminate wrestling starting with the 2020 Summer Olympic Games is an issue on which even Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld could find common ground.

A group of senators in both parties, including Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown, have introduced a resolution saying the Senate “opposes the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to eliminate wrestling from the Summer Olympic Games beginning in 2020.”

“From youth wrestling camps and high school meets to NCAA tournaments — athletes in Ohio have learned the strength, discipline, and focus that allow grapplers to succeed both on the mat and in life. This sport is accessible to everyone around the world, regardless of their financial circumstances,” Brown said. “The IOC should not ratify this preliminary decision by its executive board.”

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