Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kavanagh Gripped by Future Fear

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kavanagh Gripped by Future Fear

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WRESTLING Top coach Eddy Kavanagh fears for the future of wrestling now the sport stands to be stripped of its Olympic status after 2016.

A final decision will be taken in September and Kavanagh, who runs Sharples wrestling club in Bolton, admitted: "It's a massive bombshell and came right out of the blue."

But the recommendation by the International Olympic Committee executive board is good news for taekwondo and the GB Academy based in Newton Heath.

"I heard taekwondo and modern pentathlon were the ones in danger," admitted Kavanagh, who has been involved in the sport for two decades as fighter and coach.

"However, I didn't expect wrestling to be chosen. It has such a great Olympic history.

"Hopefully, it will survive but because it is all amateur there is a danger people will move into various forms of professional wrestling."

Yesterday's announcement was particularly bad news for Kavanagh's exciting prospect, George Ramm.

Regarded as the future of British wrestling, the 16-year-old won a silver medal at last month's Australian Youth Olympics Festival. …

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