The International Olympic Committee's long-awaited decision on whether wrestling will return to the Olympics will be available for viewing live at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum on Sunday, Sept. 8, followed by a press conference, the Waterloo, Iowa-based museum announced Saturday.
The live broadcast of the IOC decision is expected to start at 9 a.m. Central, with a press conference to follow after the decision is announced, at approximately 11 a.m. The press conference will feature Doug Schwab, University of Northern Iowa head wrestling coach and 2008 Olympian, and recently retired Wartburg College coach Jim Miller.
“Wrestling needs to use the momentum of the last six months to strengthen the future of our sport,” said Dan Gable, legendary Iowa State wrestling champ, gold medal winner at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and long-time University of Iowa coach whose name is on the Hall of Fame facility in Iowa. “We need people to come to the museum to support this event.”
On Feb. 12, 2013, the IOC Executive Board took wrestling off the list of 25 sports that would make up the “core sports” of the Olympic Games after 2016, despite wrestling's roots at the ancient Olympics, and inclusion in the modern Olympics since 1896. Backers of the sport -- including wrestlers, coaches and fans, along with FILA, wrestling's international governing body -- launched an intense effort to save its position as an Olympic sport.
On Sunday morning, the IOC will determine which of three sports -- wrestling, squash, or a combined baseball-softball bid -- will be featured on the Olympic Programme for 2020 and 2024. In addition, the IOC will select which city will host the 2020 Olympics -- Istanbul, Madrid, or Tokyo -- and vote for a new president from a list of six candidates to replace Jacques Rogge who is retiring.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is located in downtown Waterloo, at 303 Jefferson Street.
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