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Olympic wrestling leader elected for 6 more years

September 7, 2014

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — The man who led wrestling’s successful campaign to retain Olympic status has been rewarded with six more years leading its governing body.

The world wrestling body says Nenad Lalovic was re-elected unopposed by acclaim on Sunday.

Formerly known by its French acronym FILA, the Switzerland-based body was rebranded at its congress meeting and is now called United World Wrestling.

Lalovic promises further modernizing changes in a sport which was almost ousted from the Summer Games program by the IOC last year.

The Serbian official says in a statement the changes “will propel us into a new age in our sport.”

“We will look different on the mats, in our competitive dress and in our brand,” Lalovic says.

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