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Braley statement on IOC decision to drop Olympic wrestling

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement after the International Olympic Committee announced they were dropping wrestling from the Olympic program, a decision that means wrestling will not be part of the summer Olympics starting in 2020:

"I'm outraged by the International Olympic Committee's arbitrary decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic Games.

"Wrestling is one of the oldest Olympic sports, dating to the games of the ancient Greeks.

"Iowans are proud of our state's long tradition of wrestling excellence – from Frank Gotch to Dan Gable to Cael Sanderson – and the IOC's decision deals a major blow to the sport itself."

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