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Bulgarian Wrestling Coach Goes On Hunger Strike

Armen Nazarian
The head of Bulgaria’s national wrestling team has gone on hunger strike to protest a proposal to drop wrestling from the Olympics.

Armenian-born Armen Nazarian, the head coach for Bulgaria’s Greco-Roman wrestling team, says he will drink juice but will not eat until the start of the European wrestling championship on March 22.

The 39-year-old coach, who won Olympic gold for Armenia in 1996 and for Bulgaria in 2000, wants the International Olympic Committee to reverse a controversial proposal to drop wrestling from the Summer Games starting in 2020 in order to make room for sports such as rugby and golf.

In a similar protest, Valentin Yordanov, the head of Bulgaria’s wrestling foundation and a seven-time world champion, last month returned his gold medal from the 1996 Olympics.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP