By: Jabbar Fazeli, MD
The Bulgarian wrestler, Valentin Yordanov, sent his Olympic gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games back to the IOC to protest their decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic Games starting in 2020 (1).
The seven times world champion Yordanov's medal was sent along with a letter to the IOC president Jacques Rogge in which he wrote: "As a sign of protest I am returning my gold medal, won at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne,"
Referring to the president of the IOC, Mr. Yoranov said "He unreservedly united Russia, the United States and Iran for a single cause - saving the sport of wrestling, without which the Olympics will never be the same,"
Bulgaria is a wrestling powerhouse and its wrestlers have won 16 Olympic titles.
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