Gov. Branstad, 33 other governors fight to save Olympic wrestling

BY CODY GOODWIN | MARCH 06, 2013 5:00 AM

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Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad released a letter Tuesday that was cosigned by a bipartisan group of 33 governors, calling for the International Olympic Committee to keep wrestling as an Olympic sport.

After asking Iowa’s Congressional delegation to cosign a letter to the IOC, Branstad began bringing together governors around the country in an effort to keep “the great sport” in the Olympics, according to a release.

The letter is addressed to Jacques Rogge, the IOC Executive Board president, and urges the committee to reconsider its decision to remove wrestling as an Olympic sport, effective in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are meant to provide a venue for people from all nations to overcome differences and forge lasting relationships, and wrestling has contributed to these Olympic attributes,” the governors wrote in the letter, according to a release. “We believe that renewing or renovating the Olympics should respect key Olympic traditions. We would also encourage a transparent voting system for future votes on which sports should be included as part of the Olympic Games. As public servants, we hold transparency as a sacred principle and we would encourage the IOC to abide by that same principle.”

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