Sheldon, IA — The International Olympic Committee has announced their decision to drop wrestling, one of the oldest Olympic sports, from the Olympic Games, beginning in 2020.
The IOC Executive Board decided to retain modern pentathlon, the event most had considered most at risk, and remove wrestling from it’s 25 “Core Sports”.
KIWA talked with former Sheldon Orab, Olympic Bronze Medalist and current University of Iowa Associate Head Wrestling Coach Terry Brands about the IOC’s announcement. Brands says that, while the decision to drop wrestling was something that he expected, the timing came as a surprise.
We asked Brands how news like this would have affected him, had it come when he was preparing for the 2000 Olympic games, where he won the Bronze in wrestling.
Looking back at his own Olympic experience, Brands said that, while the outcome was a disappointment for him, it was also a priceless opportunity.
Brands is a two-time World Champion and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist. His twin brother, Tom, who is currently the Hawkeyes Head Wrestling Coach, is the 1996 Olympic freestyle 136.5-pound gold medalist.