The answer is a resounding and emphatic “YES.”
On Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal joined a bi-partisan group of 33 other governors in signing a letter to IOC President Jacques Rogge, urging the IOC to “reconsider” their decision to drop wrestling from the Olympics after the 2016 Olympics.
“The Olympic Games are meant to provide a venue for people from all nations to overcome differences and forge lasting relationships and wrestling has contributed to these Olympic attributes,” the governors wrote in the letter, originally drafted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
“We believe that renewing or renovating the Olympics should respect key Olympic traditions. .”
“Wrestling is a diverse, popular, and historic sport, and it is fitting and proper that the International Olympic Committee keep wrestling in the Olympic Games after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” the authors wrote.