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SBD/May 30, 2013/Olympics
Wrestling's Makeover Lands It On IOC's Short List For Inclusion In '20 Olympic Games
Published May 30, 2013
NOT RESTING ON THEIR LAURELS: In Chicago, Philip Hersh notes Rogge gave wrestling's moves "a strong endorsement." He said, "I think they had the good answer and the good reaction. They obviously were taken a bit by a surprise by the fact they could leave the core group" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/30). Int'l Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) President Nenad Lalovic said, "It's not finished. But I think we impressed them because we have changed in such a short time." In DC, Liz Clarke notes the final decision "will be made by the 101-member IOC general assembly in a vote scheduled for Sept. 8 in Buenos Aires" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/30). Scherr said, "I'm very relieved, very pleased for the sport. But this is only the first step." USA Wrestling Exec Dir Rich Bender: "There is a lot of work ahead, but we're up to the challenge. The entire wrestling world needs to continue to push forward" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 5/30). Wrestling Canada President and FILA Pan American Council VP Don Ryan said, "It's a good day, but it's no time to relax. We have a lot of work to do because the Sept. 8 vote. We're still working, we're getting into overtime right now in this process" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 5/30).
BATTER UP: USA TODAY's Kelly Whiteside notes the inclusion of baseball and softball was "somewhat of a surprise, given karate was expected to vie for third place." World Baseball Softball Confederation co-President Don Porter said that a "letter of support from Major League Baseball helped the bid's presentation." MLB would not release the letter, but a source said that it "did not include any new proposals that would make major leaguers available for the Games." The absence of MLBers in the Olympics "was a major factor in the IOC's decision to drop baseball and the issue remains critical to any chance of reinstatement" (USA TODAY, 5/30).