Posted 8:27 PM 2/13/2013 : USA Wrestling fighting to stay in the Olympics
Posted 6:45 PM 2/13/2013 : USA Wrestling fighting to stay in the Olympics
There is an action plan aimed at keeping wrestling on the Olympic stage. A vote by the International Olympic Committee recommends dropping wrestling for the 2020 games. A day after the decision leaders at USA Wrestling are moving quickly to change the minds of the IOC.
"I've tried to force myself from this, kind of, what happened mode," said USA Wrestling Executive Director, Rich Bender, "To what do we have to do, because we don't have any time to waste." As the head of USA Wrestling, Bender is suddenly busier than ever. He has just weeks to rally support for saving his sport at the Olympics.
USA Wrestling created the new Facebook page "Keep Wrestling in the Olympics". In just 24 hours it added over 65,000 supporters. The number continues to increase.
There are also plans to unite with wrestling governing bodies from other countries. "One thing we know is [how to] fight and I can assure you that not only is the U.S. wrestling community going to fight, but the [whole] wrestling community is going to fight, because this is a big deal," said Bender.
The strategy is rallying support and creating momentum for the International Wrestling Federation. The group ultimately has to prove wrestling's value to IOC members.