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Thursday, 21st February 2013
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Japan Wrestling Federation urges medallists to lobby IOC to keep sport for 2020

Former Olympic medallists are being urged by Tomiaki Fukuda, the president of the Japan Wrestling Federation, to join the fight to ensure that wrestling is kept as a sport for the 2020 Games.

The news follows the announcement earlier this month by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that wrestling would not be one of the sports automatically included in the event in 2020.

After hearing the news, Mr Fukuda, who is also vice president of the international wrestling federation, said: "I have proposed that [former Olympic medallists] lobby IOC executives and hold rallies to state our case."

He admitted that previous attempts by the federation to reverse the decision to drop wrestling from future Olympic Games have so far been unsuccessful.

Mr Fukuda suggested that Russia has already pledged its support and has "promised to mobilise all medallists, including Karelin".  He is referring to Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin who won gold medals in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.

Written by Susan Ballion

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