The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 13, 2013

Rueda column: Wrestling fights Olympic ouster


It’s understandable that Makovsky is dismayed by the IOC’s Executive Board decision since wrestling has had a positive impact on his life and of most of his wrestlers but he and his peers are not going to accept the decision without a fight. In fact, USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender says representatives from the IOC have already agreed to meet with him.

A final decision won’t be made until the IOC reconvenes in May. Until then, the wrestling world is mobilizing to try to reverse the decision.

“The original creed of the Olympic Games was that they should test mind, body and soul,” Makovsky said. “I don’t know of many sports that embody that better than wrestling.”


Jim Rueda is the Free Press sports editor. To contact him, call 344-6381 or email him at

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