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TBILISI, February 14 (Itar-Tass) – Georgia’s National Olympic Committee has called for keeping spots wrestling on the schedule of official Olympic events.
The document says that “wrestling is one of the most popular sports in many countries, including Georgia.”
“We do believe that the International Olympic Committee will make a decision to keep wrestling an Olympic sport. In the near future the president of Georgia’s National Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee. The future of wrestling will be among the issues to be discussed,” the statement runs.
The president of Georgia’s Olympic Committee, Leri Khabelov, told the media that Georgia would address the IOC in written form.
“We shall join the similar statements by Russia, Iran, Turkey, and many other countries and ask for keeping sports wrestling an Olympic sport,” Khabelov said.
On February 12 the IOC recommended excluding Greco-Roman, free-style and women’s wrestling from the Olympic schedule. A final decision will be made in September at the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires.