Mar 25, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT
The U.S. Senate approved a resolution last week in an effort to convince the IOC it should keep wrestling in the Games when its members vote on which of eight prospective sports will get the lone spot available on the 2020 Olympics schedule.
“The call for wrestling to remain in the Olympics is growing increasingly louder,” Ohio democrat Sherrod Brown told the Washington Times. “The sport has meant so much to so many Ohioans – teaching discipline, strength, and a fierce competitiveness both in athletics and in life.”
The resolution was sponsored by Brown, who met with former Olympians at the Ohio Regional Training center last week. Not surprisingly, it has plenty of support from both sides of the aisle, including being co-sponsored by democrats Al Franken, Bob Casey Jr., Tom Harkin, and Carl Levin, and republicans Chuck Grassley, James Inhofe, Lisa Murkowski, and Roy Blunt.
Ohio rep Jim Jordan, a champion wrestler in college, is proposing a similar resolution in the House.
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