Sen. Josh McKoon Fights to Reinstate Wrestling as a Core Sport of the Summer Olympic Games
ATLANTA (June 17, 2013) – Senator Josh McKoon (R- Columbus) presented adopted Senate Resolution 523 to urge the International Olympic Committee to reinstate wrestling as a core sport of the Summer Olympic Games to Anthony Flatt, Chairman of Team Georgia USA Wrestling. Sen. McKoon also received a certificate from The University of Georgia’s wrestling coach Drew Craver for his legislative action and involvement.
“One of my favorite teachers from high school was my physical education teacher who also coached the school’s wrestling team,” said Sen. McKoon. “One of the key lessons he taught me was perseverance – a character trait that strengthens any individual but especially athletes like wrestlers. Wrestling, like many team sports, helps to build important moral guidance in our students that will lead them to success in their future careers and achieve their dreams. There is a great value in wrestling, and I’m glad to hear that the International Olympic Committee is reconsidering reinstating wrestling as a core summer Olympic sport.”
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, in 2011, Georgia was one of the top ten states for high school wrestling with about 8,500 high school students across the state participating.
Please view the full text of the resolution online: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SR/523.
For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2013
For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director
Shawna Mercer, Sr. Communications Specialist