It is a cause that unites some of Wall Street’s top financiers with presidents Putin and Ahmadi-Nejad – the struggle to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport.
The International Olympic Committee unleashed hell and fury from wrestling’s numerous global outposts last month when it announced that one of the few sports that links the modern games with those of ancient Greece was likely to be dropped after the 2016 games in Brazil.
A Russian former Olympic wrestling champion returned his gold medal to the IOC in protest. In the margins of the US-Iran nuclear talks, officials expressed their mutual contempt for the IOC. And in the executive suites of Wall Street, the workplace of a sizeable number of former wrestlers, the collection tins are being rattled to fund a lobbying campaign aimed at reversing the decision.
Mike Novogratz, president of Fortress Investment Group, who wrestled at Princeton university, is spearheading the campaign to raise up to $3m. Other prominent supporters include Josh Harris of Apollo Global Management, Todd Boehly of financial services group Guggenheim, Barry Bausano of Deutsche Bank and Richard Tavoso of RBC Capital Markets.
Wrestling was dumped by the IOC during a review of the London Olympics. Fila, the world wrestling federation, “just didn’t take the process seriously enough”, said Mr Novogratz.
The IOC meets in September to ratify the sports for the 2020 games. But seven other sports are lobbying for inclusion, notably squash and karate. They are fighting for one place.
The uproar has soothed US-Iran relations at a sporting level. The Iranian team has accepted an invitation to a match in Times Square in May.
1.Word of the day
uproar: If there is uproar, there is a lot of shouting and noise because people are very angry or upset about something. 喧闹，吵闹，鼓噪，骚动。
ex:The announcement caused uproar in the crowd.
2.Phrase of the day
take ... seriously: If you take someone or something seriously, you believe that they are important and deserve attention. 认真对待；把……看得很重要。
ex:It's hard to take them seriously in their pretty grey uniforms.
3.Sentence of the day
And in the executive suites of Wall Street, the workplace of a sizeable number of former wrestlers, the collection tins are being rattled to fund a lobbying campaign aimed at reversing the decision.
小编注：表示数量多的词组除了a sizeable number of 以外，常见的比较正式的说法有：a great many, a great deal of, scores of, dozens of 等等，需要注意的是，上述单词只能修饰可数名词。只可修饰不可数名词的表示数量多的词组有：a great deal of, a great/large amout of 等。
4.Cultural point of the day
标枪 javelin throw 铁饼 discus throw 链球 hammer throw
花样滑冰 figure skating 速度滑冰 speed skating
跳台跳水 platform diving 跳板跳水 springboard diving
赛艇 rowing 滑艇/皮艇 canoeing 帆船 yaching
击剑 fencing 骑术 horsemanship 冰壶 curling
5.Translation of the day
In the margins of the US-Iran nuclear talks, officials expressed their mutual contempt for the IOC.