POSTED: July 23rd 2013

Youth wrestlers take the stage in Ancient Olympia with Olympic campaign

The international event saw the first female athletes ever to wrestle in Ancient Olympia / FILA
The international event saw the first female athletes ever to wrestle in Ancient Olympia / FILA

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(SFC) The Palaestra in Ancient Olympia, Greece, hosted the first wrestlers since the end of the Ancient Olympic Games in 393 A.D.

Since its removal from the Olympic Games Programme beginning with the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, Wrestling has fought to regain Olympic status with its Save Olympic Wrestling campaign.

Two female youth athletes wrestled at the event, becoming the first female athletes to wrestle in Ancient Olympia.

“It is important for young wrestlers to know the rich history of the sport, that wrestling was one of the original Olympic sports from ancient times; and that this was its birthplace,” FILA President Nenad Lalovic said from Ancient Olympia. “I am proud, as the president of FILA, that we were able to make this incredible moment happen.

“These youth, and many more like them around the world, dream of wrestling in the Olympic Games and we are doing everything we can to ensure they have that opportunity.”

Adult male and female wrestlers from Albania, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iran, Russia and the United States also competed on the big stage at the international tournament, with the finals of all weight classes and styles taking place at the International Olympic Academy.

Wrestling – along with a joint bid from baseball and softball and squash – are in the running for Olympic Programme reinstatement by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC will decide on which sport will compete in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this September.

Keywords · Olympics · Wrestling · International Olympic Committee · Brazil · Squash · Baseball · Softball · FILA · Palaestra · Greece · Olympia · Albania · Germany · Great Britain · Iran · Russia · United States ·

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