IOC Wrestling Reversal Draws Bicameral Cheers

Posted September 9, 2013 at 1:43pm

With the Syria vote looming and a knock-down, drag-out fight on the federal budget and debt limit just around the corner, lawmakers will take whatever victories they can get.

Take the reinstatement of traditional wrestling to the roster for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which finally gave Congress something to rally around.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Wrestling is an incredible sport loved by many Minnesotans, including myself, and one whose athletes deserve the opportunity to participate at the peak level of Olympic competition,” former high school wrestler and Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken trumpeted in a release. “I’m so pleased that the requests made to the IOC, including my own, to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport didn’t fall on deaf ears.”

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, who counted nearly 50 supporters in his corner for a bipartisan resolution chiding the International Olympic Committee for even thinking of pulling Greco-Roman grappling from the program, was also very relieved.

“The history of collegiate and Olympic wrestling runs through Iowa and we know that the determination and the hard work it teaches our kids provides them the skills it takes to succeed in life,” Loebsack asserted.

No word yet from Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion.