ANOC chief supports wrestling

SYDNEY -- The head of the Association of National Olympic Committees says wrestling has the unanimous support of his executive council.

Sheik Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah says he'll take up the issue with the International Olympic Committee, whose executive board made the surprise recommendation recently to cut wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games.

Al Sabah says "we are very keen to maintain wrestling in the sport program."

He spoke to the Australian Associated Press after meeting with the ANOC executive in Sydney on Tuesday.

Al Sabah says ANOC would work closely with the international wrestling federation before the IOC session in September at Buenos Aires that will have the final say on the 2020 sports program.

He says "I have confidence that the session will vote in favor of maintaining wrestling."

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