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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld pleads for wrestling to be returned to Olympic roster

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is up in arms: not about guns, but about the International Olympic Committee’s announcement that wrestling will be cut from the 2020 Olympic Games.

A former wrestler, Rumsfeld even felt called to pen an open letter to the IOC pleading the sport’s case.

Wrestling, he argued, “is unlike any other athletic activity” and “to abandon this great Olympic legacy would be a tragedy for the sport and for the proud tradition of the Olympic Games.”

Calling on tradition as another reason to keep the sport in the Olympic lineup, Rumsfeld wrote “it is undoubtedly the oldest of contact sports, its lineage dating back to before the first ancient Olympic competition two and a half millennia ago.”

Rumsfeld also admitted to his bias in the letter and even touted his 11-year-long wrestling career mentioning that he wrestled in high school, college, and the Navy from 1946 to 1957.

The IOC decided to drop the sport because of its lack of popularity and poor participation.

Rumsfeld clearly does not agree.

h/t The Daily Caller