Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- It has been scarcely a week since
the International Olympic Committee announced its intention to
exclude wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games, and the campaign
to “Save Wrestling” is in full swing.
Donald Rumsfeld and John Irving, both former wrestlers,
took to the op-ed pages to celebrate the sport’s Olympic legacy
(which dates to the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C.) and its
current popularity. Raphael Martinetti, the ineffectual
president of wrestling’s international federation, FILA, has
been ousted. Millions of dollars have been raised -- Wall Street
has a lot of former high school and college wrestlers -- to
underwrite a push for readmission before the IOC makes its final
decision in May.