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Wrestling president quits

The president of wrestling's governing body Raphael Martinetti has quit in the wake of the recommendation to drop the sport from the Olympics.

A vote of no confidence was issued at FILA's executive committee meeting in Thailand and the Swiss immediately announced his resignation. He had been in the position since 2002.

A statement on FILA's website read: "Mr Martinetti did not use his casting vote to save his position and announced his resignation in order to give the chance to another president to act upon the situation."

Nenad Lalovic, from Serbia, was named as acting president.

The statement continued: "Mr Martinetti hopes that this situation will help save wrestling and thanks all national federations for their unfailing support throughout his term as FILA president. Mr Martinetti also wishes plenty of success to Mr Lalovic for the mission that now rests in his hands."

Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided that wrestling would be dropped from the 2020 Games.

But it will have the chance to be re-instated when it vies with other fringe sports such as squash and karate for inclusion when the full IOC session meets in September.