Save Wrestling As An Olympic Sport, Stinziano Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wrestling is one of the original sports in the ancient Greek Olympiads and the International Olympic Committee should not drop it as an Olympic sport.

That’s the reason state Rep. Michael Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat, is introducing a resolution in the Ohio House of Representatives to encourage the Olympic body to reverse its decision.

“Wrestling is a sport that captures the Olympic spirit of competitiveness and sportsmanship. It truly deserves to be revered as a time-honored sport at the International level,” Stinziano said. 

Wrestling is also a big sport in Ohio.

There are more than 11,000 high school wrestlers in Ohio and also four Ohio universities that have NCAA Division 1 wrestling programs, according to Stinziano.

“The IOC’s decision threatens the potential success of young Ohio athletes that have dedicated themselves to wrestling,” Stinziano said.

The Ohio Regional Training Center, a wrestling-related organization is located in Stinziano’s  legislative district.

The Ohio Regional Training Center is a wrestling- related organization that has a goal of supporting six Olympic Hopefuls in the sport of wrestling at the 2016 Olympic Trials. In addition,  the organization provides world class training opportunities for elite developmental athletes in Central Ohio.

Three members of Congress  have introduced similar resolutions in the U.S. House of Representatives.