Posted: Thu March 7, 2013 10:36AM; Updated: Thu March 7, 2013 10:34AM

Wrestler returns Olympic medal to protest sport's Olympic cut

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Andrzej Supron
Poland's Andrzej Supron returned his 1980 Olympic silver medal, won in the Greco-Roman lightweight division, in protest of the IOC removing wrestling from the Games.
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Polish wrestler says he is returning his Olympic medal in protest over the sport's proposed removal from the program of the 2020 Games.

Andrzej Supron, who won silver in the Greco-Roman lightweight division at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, says he is "surprised and outraged by the suggestion to remove this ancient sport from the games."

He says he is sending the medal back to IOC President Jacques Rogge.

Supron is also a former world and European champion.

Last month, seven-time world champion Valentin Yordanov of Bulgaria returned his gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Wrestling is now competing with seven proposed new sports for a spot on the 2020 program. The final decision will be made by the IOC in September.

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