4 Mar 2013

Olympic wrestling champion goes on hunger strike

12:43 pm on 4 March 2013

The double Olympic wrestling champion Armen Nazaryan is going on a hunger strike to protest against the sport's possible exclusion from the Games.

Nazarayan is quoted on the Russian wrestling federation website as saying wrestling has always been part of the Olympic programme and it's not right to exclude it.

Two former champions, Bulgaria's Valentin Yordanov and Russia's Sagid Murtazaliev, have returned their Olympic gold medals to the IOC in protest.

Part of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and all further editions, except the 1900 Paris Games, wrestling now joins seven other candidates battling for one spot in a revamped programme, with the decision to be made in May.