Wrestling Gets Olympic Salvation
Buenos Aires, Argentina — Seven months after losing its Olympic place, wrestling was reinstated for the 2020 Games on Sunday when the IOC overturned a decision many members thought was a mistake.
The sport, which has ancient roots in the Olympics, easily defeated bids from baseball-softball and squash. It will now join the program of the 2020 Games, which were awarded to Tokyo on Saturday.
Wrestling, which was surprisingly dropped from the list of core sports in February, received 49 votes to win in the first round of secret balloting by the International Olympic Committee. Baseball-softball got 24 votes and squash 22.
The decision capped a frantic six-month campaign by the wrestling body FILA to revamp the organization and reshape the sport to save its Olympic status.
The vote followed final presentations by all three sports, with Lalovic promising the delegates that wrestling had learned its lesson.
Sochi to IOC: Help Stop
Gay Law ‘Speculation’
Buenos Aires, Argentina — The head of the Sochi Olympics is asking the IOC to help “stop this campaign and this speculation” about the anti-gay law recently passed in Russia.
Sochi organizing chief Dmitry Chernyshenko says it’s important to have the help of the International Olympic Committee to spread the word “among those who are still trying to speculate on this very transparent and very clear topic.”
Chernyshenko reiterated the law doesn’t prohibit homosexuality in any way and says it “doesn’t contradict any element of the Olympic charter.” He says local organizers are “absolutely confident that there will be no conflicts in that regards.”
Impact 4, Revolution 2
Foxborough, Mass. — Patrice Bernier converted two penalty kicks in the first half and Marco DiVaio also scored twice as Montreal beat New England.
Montreal (13-7-6), playing a man up for the final 85 minutes after Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was issued a red card, extended its unbeaten streak to four matches (3-0-1). Reis was penalized for a hand tackle on DiVaio while attempting to retrieve a loose ball in the penalty box.
Oracle Finally Wins
San Francisco — Oracle Team USA came flying out of the fog around Mark 4 and outraced challenger Emirates Team Zealand in a heart-stopping sprint to the finish to win Race 4 of the America’s Cup by 8 seconds Sunday.
It was the first victory of the regatta for Oracle. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., Oracle Team USA was docked two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta’s 162-year history. That meant the Americans started at minus-2 and need to win 11 races to retain the oldest trophy in international sports.
Skippered by Jimmy Spithill, Oracle overcame a big mistake at the downwind gate, when someone released a daggerboard while all the weight of the boat was on it, dropping the hulls into the water and slowing the boat dramatically.
Team New Zealand won Race 3 earlier Sunday.