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SBD Global/February 19, 2013/Olympics
Russia Officials Vow To Overturn Wrestling's Removal From Olympic Program
Published February 19, 2013
WAVES OF CHANGE: REUTERS' Karolos Grohmann reported interim FILA President Nenad Lalovic said that "wrestling is ready to change and correct the mistakes that led to the sport’s surprise 2020 Olympic exit last week." The organization "seeks to revamp its sports programme to keep it attractive to voters and sponsors." Lalovic pledged to spend most of his time in Lausanne, Switzerland "when not on the road meeting IOC members in an effort to lobby for the sport." He accepted that wrestling "had neglected to cultivate contacts and support." Martinetti "was criticised for failing to do exactly that despite FILA’s offices being located near the IOC headquarters" (REUTERS, 2/18).