Press Release

Loebsack, Jordan and Walz Call on IOC to Maintain Wrestling as Olympic Tradition

IOC decision on wrestling expected this Sunday

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Washington, September 6, 2013 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Jim Jordan (OH-04), and Tim Walz (MN-01) today wrote the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr. Jacques Rogge, calling on him to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic Sport in the 2020 Olympic Games. On Sunday, the IOC will meet in Buenos Aires to vote on which sport to include. Loebsack, Jordan and Walz have led the fight in the House of Representatives to reinstate wrestling since the decision was made to drop it as a core sport earlier this year.

“Wrestling’s inclusion in the Olympics dates back to 708 BC and the history of wrestling is the history of the Olympics itself,” the Congressmen wrote. “The Olympic Games are the embodiment of tradition, the culmination of childhood dreams and the hard work and dedication of athletes to reach the pinnacle of their sport. We believe strongly that wrestling exemplifies the best of these qualities in athletics. We strongly urge you to maintain wrestling as an Olympic tradition.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.

The resolution that Congressmen Loebsack, Jordan and Walz introduced earlier this year can be found here.
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