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Wrestling officials caught cheating before Olympic vote

September 06, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Nenad Lalovic, head of the Iternational Wrestling Federation, said that a mistake was made involving contact with International Olympic Committee members, but he does not expect the incident to lessen his sport's chances to return to the Olympics.
Nenad Lalovic, head of the Iternational Wrestling Federation, said that… (Petros Giannakouris / Associated…)

The International Olympic Committee is holding one of its most important meetings in recent memory, so the proceedings underway in Buenos Aires are bound to stir up controversy.

Over the next few days, committee members will select a new president, choose a city to host the 2020 Summer Games and pick from among three contenders for a sport to add to the 2020 program.

On Friday, the Olympics-focused website Around the Rings reported that officials from one of the sports -- wrestling -- had been caught cheating.

The misdeed reportedly involved improper contact with IOC members. Sort of like a college coach contacting a high school recruit during a dead period, or what the NCAA would describe as a minor infraction.

Nenad Lalovic, head of the International Wrestling Federation, said a mistake had been made and did not expect the incident to lessen his sport's chances in the upcoming vote.

Wrestling is considered the favorite to prevail over squash and a joint campaign by baseball and softball.

“I am optimistic,” Lalovic told Around the Rings.

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