Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 2/16/13
Just four days after the International Olympics Committee voted to drop wrestling from the 2020 program, the president of the international wrestling federation submitted his resignation.Raphael Martinetti, who has held the position since 2002, announced his decision to quit at the FILA executive committee meeting on Saturday.Nenad Lalovic, the man who will replace Martinetti on an interim basis, confirmed at a press conference that Martinetti's resignation was indeed because of the IOC's decision to drop the sport."It was difficult for a president who wasn't powerful for 11 years when the IOC decided to eliminate his sport from the Olympic Games," said Lalovic, adding the new president will soon be elected at an extraordinary congress.On Tuesday, the IOC officially cut wrestling from the list of sports guaranteed a spot in the future. Badminton, table tennis, taekwondo, and modern penathlon were the other sports considered.Wrestling will still have a chance to earn a bid in the Olympic program. However, they will have to compete with seven other sports for the right to do so. Lalovic says efforts to get the sport back into the Games are already in process."Every one of us will have a duty. We have only one goal that is to be back on the Olympics. Lobbying is very important but it's not something that you can't determine in advance," Lalovic said. "We have to prepare a serious presentation that must be prepared by professionals to present the real picture of our sport. This sport has been practiced by millions of people. We will use this fact in order to promote our sport."The IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, to choose which sports to propose for inclusion in 2020. The final vote will be made at the IOC general assembly in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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