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Local Olympian "Mean" Gene Mills happy with wrestling staying in Olympics

The International Olympic Committee voted to add the sport to the roster for the 2020 Olympics on Sunday.
Clay, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Over the weekend, the International Olympic Committee announced the 2020 Games would be held in Tokyo and that wrestling will remain as a sport.

Wrestling was recommended to be dropped from the list, along with baseball, softball and squash, but the group decided to continue wrestling.

"Mean" Gene Mills, who is a Phoenix gym teacher and coach, was part of the 1980 Wrestling Olympic Team and was happy with the decision.

Wrestling was part of the original ancient Olympics in Greece and has been part of the modern Olympics since 1900, so it was heavily favored. Mills thought it was crazy for it to be concerned for removal.

He says wrestling is bigger than just an Olympic sport and this decision is good for the Syracuse wrestling community.

Mills said, "It's a very disciplined sport and people work it really being the best they can be, they're going to be very good workers for the rest of their life."

Mills said it requires more discipline than any other sport. He said, "the desire, determination, dedication, and the sacrifices you have to make in order to be a wrestler push your body above and behind what most humans can possibly dream of."
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