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Continued: Wrestlers are making a case for an Olympic reversal

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 29, 2013 - 11:15 AM

Chandler said he is “cautiously optimistic’’ that wrestling will survive the attempted ouster. Still, he is nervous, because there is so much at stake and the IOC is unpredictable.

Despite the uncertainty, Bender said he is gratified by the overwhelming display of public support for wrestling and the opportunity to chart a new course. Wrestling is better and more relevant for having gone through this crisis, he said, and he hopes that officials, athletes and fans remain engaged even after its Olympic status is decided.

Holm, 31, is shooting for an Olympic berth at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Though he hopes that goal remains for the wrestlers who will come after him, he views the effort to save Olympic wrestling as a virtue in itself.

“We’re re-energizing the athletes and re-energizing the sport,’’ he said. “We can walk off the mat knowing we’ve done everything we can. As wrestlers, that’s the only thing we know how to do.’’

 

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