February 12, 2013
Olympic medallist Carol Huynh 'shocked' by wrestling's removal
By JENNY MCMURRAY, QMI Agency

Defending Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Carol Huynh of Hazelton, B.C. defeated African champion Isabelle Sambou of Senegal to win the 48kg bronze medal, during the London 2012 Olympic Games, Wednesday August 8, 2012 AL CHAREST/CALGARY SUN

CALGARY - The recommendation to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games has blindsided Canadian officials and athletes.

Wrestling Canada President Don Ryan said he thought it was a joke when he woke up to messages Tuesday morning alluding to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) plan to remove the sport.

"It just came as a complete surprise," said Ryan in a teleconference Tuesday afternoon.

"We're hoping the IOC will not ratify this at the meeting coming up."



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