Brown and other senators introduced a resolution opposing the International Olympic Committee executive board recommendation to eliminate wrestling from the Summer Olympics.
“We would also encourage a transparent voting system for future votes on which sports should be included as part of the Olympic Games,” they write. “As public officials, we hold transparency as a sacred principle and we would encourage the International Olympic Committee to abide by that same principle.”
Reportedly, the IOC board is recommending eliminating wrestling from competition to preserve the modern pentathlon, which is a sport that requires athletes to engage in running, swimming, shooting and show-jumping. The equestrian component may be the most peculiar, since competitors since 1912 have completed that portion while riding horses that, as The New York Times explained, they generally do not know.
Congressional interest in the Olympics is nothing new. Former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, drafted the 1978 law and its subsequent amendments regulating amateur sports in the United States and setting up the modern U.S. Olympic Committee.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.