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Valentin Yordanov will return gold

Updated: February 20, 2013, 2:06 PM ET
Associated Press

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Top Bulgarian wrestler Valentin Yordanov says he's returning his Olympic gold medal to protest the IOC decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic program.

The 53-year-old Yordanov made the announcement Wednesday to give back his gold medal in the 52-kilogram freestyle category from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The seven-time world champion said the combined efforts of all national federations would help keep wrestling's deserved place in the Olympic Games.

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