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Inhofe Joins Push to Keep Olympic Wrestling

Jacob Stephen Varner of the United States celebrates his victory against Valerii Andriitsev of the Ukraine during the men's Freestyle 96 kg Wrestling gold medal match on Day 16 of the Games.
Jacob Stephen Varner of the United States celebrates his victory against Valerii Andriitsev of the Ukraine during the men's Freestyle 96 kg Wrestling gold medal match on Day 16 of the Games.
Credit Olympics-London

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is among a bipartisan group of U.S. senators seeking to keep wrestling in the Olympic Games.

Inhofe announced Friday that he joined with five other senators who introduced a resolution urging the International Olympic Committee to reverse its decision this week to eliminate wrestling from the games.

Joining Inhofe — a Republican — are Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio; Al Franken of Minnesota; Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Tom Harkin of Iowa and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

A companion resolution was introduced in the U.S. House.

The IOC's executive board voted for the preliminary recommendation on Tuesday. It still must be affirmed in September by the entire IOC.

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