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Feb 28, 2013 8:00 PM by Jordan Mason

Ex-USOC head: Wrestling faces major Olympic hurdle

Former U.S. Olympic Committee head Jim Scherr believes wrestling has a path to survival in the Olympics, but it will be a "major challenge."

Scherr is a former wrestler who has been working with the sport's international federation to reverse an IOC recommendation this month to eliminate wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games. He says it's difficult to gauge how "uphill" the battle will be.

Scherr says the international federation recognizes it could have done more to promote wrestling to Olympic leaders. He says new leadership under interim president Nenad Lalovic will make a difference.

The IOC executive board meets in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, to pick the sports for 2020. A final vote is in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September.

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