The U.S. Senate approved a resolution last week in an effort to convince the IOC it should keep wrestling in the Games when its members vote on which of eight prospective sports will get the lone spot available on the 2020 Olympics schedule.
“The call for wrestling to remain in the Olympics is growing increasingly louder,” Ohio democrat Sherrod Brown told the Washington Times. “The sport has meant so much to so many Ohioans – teaching discipline, strength, and a fierce competitiveness both in athletics and in life.”
The resolution was sponsored by Brown, who met with former Olympians at the Ohio Regional Training center last week. Not surprisingly, it has plenty of support from both sides of the aisle, including being co-sponsored by democrats Al Franken, Bob Casey Jr., Tom Harkin, and Carl Levin, and republicans Chuck Grassley, James Inhofe, Lisa Murkowski, and Roy Blunt.
Ohio rep Jim Jordan, a champion wrestler in college, is proposing a similar resolution in the House.
Family members of the Munich 1972 Olympic attack victims “described the extent of the cruelty” in interviews for “Munich 1972 & Beyond,” an upcoming documentary on the massacre, according to The New York Times.
Eleven Israeli athletes and officials were killed after being taken hostage by a Palestinian group in the athletes’ village nearly 40 years ago, with nine dying in a failed rescue attempt.
In 1992, widows of two of the victims learned details of how the athletes and officials were treated — including via graphic photographs — and recently spoke publicly about it, according to the newspaper.
“What they did is that they cut off his genitals through his underwear and abused him,” Ilana Romano said through a translator of husband Yossef Romano, an Olympic weightlifter, according to the newspaper. “Can you imagine the nine others sitting around tied up? They watched this.”
The documentary “Munich 1972 & Beyond,” announced earlier this year, is set to be released in early 2016. Here’s an interview with one of the film’s producers.
In 2014, it was announced that a $2.3 million memorial in Munich was planned to remember the victims, with the International Olympic Committee contributing $250,000.
At Rio 2016, a moment of remembrance will be held during the Closing Ceremony and a special mourning area will be in the Olympic village to honor those who have died during an Olympic Games.
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The torch relay for the second Youth Winter Olympics — in Lillehammer, Norway, from Feb. 12-21 — began with a ceremonial flame lighting at Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Tuesday.
The stadium hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896.
The flame will travel across all 19 Norwegian provinces before the Feb. 12 Opening Ceremony at the 1994 Winter Olympic host city. The first Youth Winter Olympics were in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012.
The Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay will begin with its ceremonial flame lighting at the ancient Olympic site of Olympia in Greece on April 21.
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