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Woody: IOC could have kept modern pentathlon and wrestling

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:00 am

Modern pentathlon has taken quite a beating lately. The sport remains an Olympic event while wrestling will be eliminated after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Modern pentathlon’s survival has been directly related to wrestling’s demise, and it’s easy to understand why. The Olympics are limited to 25 core sports, and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. is on the executive board of the modern pentathlon. His father is a former president of the International Olympic Committee.

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