Bulgarian wrestler to return Olympic gold
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Top Bulgarian wrestler Valentin Yordanov says he’s returning his Olympic gold medal to protest the IOC decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic program.
The 53-year-old Yordanov made the announcement Wednesday to give back his gold medal in the 52-kilogram freestyle category from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The seven-time world champion said the combined efforts of all national federations would help keep wrestling’s deserved place in the Olympic Games.
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