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Entries in International Olympic Committee (3)

Wednesday
Feb202013

US, Iran Band Together to Save Wrestling as an Olympic Sport

ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- Washington and Tehran have finally found common ground although it has nothing to do with Iran's rogue nuclear program.

Last week's announcement that the International Olympic Committee's executive board has recommended dropping wrestling as an event for the 2020 Summer Games is putting the U.S. and Iran on the same side.

Both countries want to save wrestling and will make an appeal to the IOC to keep it as an Olympic sport.

Iran's other strong allies, Russia and Cuba, are also said to be angered by the IOC decision, which could be reversed later this year although most Olympic observers don't believe that will happen.

While the U.S. and Iran can agree on this issue, there have been no diplomatic ties between the two governments in more than three decades.

Wrestling is a particularly big sport in Iran.  Tehran will host the Wrestling World Cup starting Thursday.

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Wednesday
Feb132013

International Olympic Committee Drops Wrestling from 2020 Games

ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- The International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that it would be dropping freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, beginning with the 2020 Summer Games.

The reason for the decision was not made clear by the IOC, whose 15-member executive board ousted wrestling from Olympic competition via secret ballot.

However, there is plenty of speculation regarding what was behind the controversial decision to exclude one of the most traditional Olympic sports.

For some time, the IOC has talked of reducing the size of the Summer Games as well as making it appear more relevant to a younger audience.  Olympic-style wrestling is not a well-publicized sport in the U.S., which is dwarfed by the more entertainment-driven professional wrestling.

Mike Moyer, executive director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association, says the move will hurt Team USA.  Moyer says wrestling has been one of the top medal count sports for the U.S. over the past several Olympics, and the IOC decision will definitely cost America some medals.

There is the possibility that the IOC could reinstate wrestling when it votes in May to add another athletic event, but the chances of that are one in seven. Seven other sports -- including baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu -- are up for the slot.

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Monday
Jul232012

IOC Turns Down Minute of Silence to Honor Slain Israeli Athletes

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The International Olympic Committee has officially ruled out holding a minute of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of 11 Israeli team members who were killed by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Summer Games in Munich.

IOC President Jacques Rogge was under pressure to mark the anniversary at the start of the London Olympics ceremony this Friday but turned down the request of some of the victims' families.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Rogge said, "We are going to pay homage as we have done in the past and will do in the future.  That is what we are going to do."

That includes the IOC holding the traditional private commemoration with the Israeli Olympic Committee. This year, Rogge said there would also be a visit to the airfield in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany, where most members of the Israeli team were killed.

President Obama was among other international leaders who offered his support for a minute of silence.

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