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No Wrestling In The Olympics Effects Oklahoma

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The International Olympic Committee recommended Tuesday that wrestling be drop from the Olympics starting in 2020.

Wrestling is one of the original sports of the ancient and modern games.  The modern games began in 1896.

This announcement was not a popular one among wrestlers or sports fans around the world.  Past and present Olympic champions in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling called the rejection "mind-boggling" and a "tragedy" for the sport.

OSU wresting coach John Smith is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.  He says dropping wrestling from the Olympics will have a huge impact on Oklahoma.

"It's personally.  The state of Oklahoma since 1924 has won Olympic gold medals in the sports of wresting." said Smith, "It's probably our most successful sports in the Olympics for the state.  I'm fighting for that 12-year-old kid in Oklahoma.  I'm fighting for that kid that has that dram."

Wrestling featured 344 athletes competing in 11 medal events in freestyle and seven in Greco-Roman at last year's London Olympics. Women's wrestling was added to the Olympics at the 2004 Athens Games.
Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion in 2020. The others are a combined bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu. They will be vying for a single opening in 2020.

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