The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the National United Wrestling Association for Youth (NUWAY), the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and USA Wrestling were the first of several organizations that have joined together to create the Coalition to Keep Wrestling in the Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee voted Feb. 12 to drop Greco-Roman wrestling from the roster of sports to be contested during the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Greco-Roman wrestling has been a staple sport for Olympic competition in ancient and modern times.
This new coalition will work to ensure that wrestling remains on the program of the Olympic Games and is composed of various non-profit and for-profit organizations.
“Wrestling has been around in the USA since the 1800s, and has been involved in the Olympic movement since its creation. This sport makes a difference in the lives of young people and has made a lasting impact on our society. We support the effort to keep wrestling in the Olympics, and look forward to helping lead the effort,” said AAU President Henry Forrest.
“This fight will be won by bringing people together behind a common cause. Our grassroots leadership believes in this effort. We are committed to the combined power of organizations that are willing to work together. Together we are stronger. Together we will reach our goal of keeping wrestling in the Olympics,” said USA Wrestling President James Ravannack.