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    Wrestling set for final pitch to IOC with sport's Olympic future on the line

    Wrestling set for final pitch to IOC with sport's Olympic future on the line


    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012 file photo, Ali Sue Bernard of the United States, right, competes against Jenny Fransson of Sweden during a 72-kg women's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP / Paul Sancya, File)

    Wrestling's seven-month stay in Olympic purgatory is almost complete.

    The ancient sport will either emerge from its ultimate crisis stronger than ever -- or be forced to adjust to the cruel reality of life outside of the Olympic program.

    Wrestling, squash and a combined bid from baseball-softball will make their final pleas to the full IOC assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which will vote on which sport gets the last spot in the 2020 Olympics on Sept. 8.

    The pitch the IOC will hear from FILA, the sport's international governing body, is that wrestling is a pure, global, evolving and all-inclusive sport that's long been the essence of the Olympic movement.

    Now facing the possible end of Olympic wrestling, officials are optimistic they've done all it can to ensure its survival.

    "We have done everything possible in this time frame," FILA president Nenad Lalovic said. "We were limited by the time between, (but we did) everything possible, and implemented it."

    Wrestling certainly had a lot of work to do -- and very little time to do it -- after the IOC board's surprising recommendation in February that it be cut from the Olympics.

    Issues including leadership, gender equity and a product that many viewed as confusing and unappealing to casual viewers had plagued the sport for years.

    FILA responded with quick and sweeping changes in all aspects of the sport.

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    http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/wrestli...line-1.1433270
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    Wrestling has deep pockets they should be able to buy their way back into the good graces of the IOC.
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    It never should have been up for debate. I fucking hate politics, and that is all the IOC is, is non stop politics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchie88 View Post
    It never should have been up for debate. I fucking hate politics, and that is all the IOC is, is non stop politics.
    Agreed, What a bunch of bullshit.
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    Congratulations to all the wrestlers out there. Glad you got your sport back.

    I have no idea why it was even up for debate. The IOC is a goddamn goat rodeo.
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    I like how the IOC claim that Wrestling changed to be re-included like they did everyone a favor but dropping it.

    Its a shame this fiasco affected Squash, I would have liked to see it get in as well always worth a watch in the commonwealth games. High intensity
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    One glowing recommendation to Tokyo-bound wrestlers: don't drink the water.

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