Brands to campaign internationally for Olympic wrestling


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Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands announced his plans to be among those fighting for Olympic Wrestling at an international meeting in May.

During a Presidential Committee on Athletics meeting Thursday, Brands said he planned to attend the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.

At that meeting, eight sports will make their pitches for inclusion as an additional sport — as opposed to one of the 25 core sports — in the 2020 Olympics.

Brands called the possibility of wrestling’s re-inclusion as a core Olympic sport “highly unlikely.”

“Right now, either way is tolerable,” Brands said. “Because right now, we’re not in [the Olympics at all]. We need to do our job as a sport at the international level to put ourselves into a position in the light that we represent ourselves in — that we are valuable to the general Olympic movement.”

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