US, Cuba wrestling pan Olympic move to drop sport
HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba have seen eye-to-eye on precious little for the last half century, but their wrestling federations have found common ground on at least one thing: Dropping the sport from the 2020 Olympics is a bad idea.
At a tournament in Havana on Friday, coaches and athletes from both nations told The Associated Press that they are in shock and disbelief over the decision by the International Olympics Committee's executive board.
"It was kind of crazy to hear and think about how many hours people have put into that dream of winning an Olympic title," said Frank Perrelli, a 23-year-old New Jersey native who was competing in the 55-kilo weight class. "And all those hours can be taken away with just a couple of votes from people who probably never wrestled in their life and have no idea what it's about."
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