Sports federations criticize decision to oust wrestling

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The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations said Monday that it opposes the IOC expelling wrestling from the 2020 Olympics because, in their words, it isn’t “in the best interests of the IOC or the Olympic movement.”

The group plans to send a “constructive letter to the IOC” detailing its thoughts and hoping to help shape a “different process” for how similar decisions will be made in the future.

Of course, wrestling, which was ousted from the program last month and will need to survive IOC votes in both May and September to get back in the Games, is part of the ASOIF and has its full backing as they fight to retain their Olympic status.

It’s over: a low-key Games on a far more human scale

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The 2018 Winter Olympics shivered Sunday to a close, surely defined by cold and wind but destined — just as in Seoul 30 years before — to mark a key chapter in history on the Korean peninsula.

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These Games are likely to be recalled as an inflection point in Olympic history, too. After logistical dramas and more at Rio 2016 and Sochi 2014, the Olympic scene needed a Games at which the venues were built, the buses ran on time, security was subtle, the volunteers were super-friendly — organizationally, everything more or less just worked — and the spotlight shone on the athletes and their stories of inspiration.

That’s what PyeongChang delivered.

A low-key Games on a far more human scale.

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More of best GIFs from PyeongChang Olympics

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The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy: