Glad the Olympic Committee came to its senses and kept wrestling for 2020 and 2024 games #Olympics— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 8, 2013
A number of legislators in Congress had signed on to resolutions in both chambers urging the IOC to keep wrestling in the games.
The measure that passed the Senate in March noted that the athletic event was “one of the world’s oldest competitive sports” and said that it “represents the determination and hard work it takes to succeed in life and sport.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was one of the cosponsors of that resolution. He, too, was pleased that the IOC changed its course.
Thx to Olympic Comm for retaining Wrestling in future contests Whether it was bc of my Senate Resolution or whatever "thanks"— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 8, 2013
Rep. Dave Loebsack (R-Iowa) led the House’s effort to oppose the Olympic committee’s decision, though that measure never made it to the full chamber.
Still, he seemed glad that wrestlers will be able to compete in 2020.
During the IOC’s voting on Sunday, wrestling beat out baseball/softball and squash to return to the Olympics.