Italian Olympian lambasts IOC's decision to cut wrestling

Beijing gold-medalist Minguzzi calls it 'total folly'

Italian Olympian lambasts IOC's decision to cut wrestling

Rome, February 12 - Olympic gold-medal wrestler Andrea Minguzzi says the International Olympic Committee's decision to eliminate wrestling from its program at the 2020 games is "total folly". Minguzzi, who won the gold at the 2008 Beijing summer games, concedes that the sport has a visibility problem. "Perhaps wrestling is a sport which is not widely seen, but it is widely practiced; in some countries it's even the national sport," Minguzzi told ANSA. "How can they think of excluding from the Olympics the oldest of sporting disciplines"? The Olympian said that he hoped all national federations would make their voices heard in September so as to get the IOC to "change this madness. What Olympics would they be without wrestling?"

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