Congressman Jim Jordan, pictured, (R-Urbana), along with fellow Congressmen Tim Walz (MN) and Dave Loebsack (IA) filed a resolution in the House of Representatives Thursday expressing their opposition to the International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop wrestling as a core sport.
“Wrestling defines the Olympic spirit like no other sport. The IOC got this one dead wrong, and their decision threatens to extinguish the dreams of countless American athletes. I look forward to working with my friends in the wrestling community toward reversing this ruling,” said Representative Jordan.
Mr. Jordan won four state titles at Graham and was a two-time national champion at Wisconsin. His brother, Jeff, is the head wrestling coach at Graham.
“The decision by the International Olympic Committee to drop wresting is baffling. The history of collegiate and Olympic wrestling runs through Iowa. From Dan Gable and Tom Brands to Cael Sanderson and Jake Varner, Iowa has represented the sport with determination and the hard work it takes to succeed in life and sport. I will continue to work with my colleagues to change this ruling on behalf of Iowa’s, and America’s, storied wrestling history,” said Rep. Loebsack.
“I am disappointed by the IOC’s decision to eliminate wrestling from the Olympic Games. Minnesota has a storied and rich wrestling heritage. This is especially true in southern Minnesota where wrestling gives students the confidence, courage, and work ethic it takes to be successful not only in the sport, but also in life. I urge the IOC to reconsider their decision and reinstate wrestling as a core sport of the Summer Games,” said Rep. Walz.
Wrestling has been a core sport in the Olympics since 1896.