"In this crisis, we all stick together. Wrestlers maybe can do, sometimes, what politicians cannot," said Nenad Lalovic, the acting president of FILA, the sport's governing body. "We love our sport, and we are united to save it."
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"For sure the rule changes helped us," Lalovic said. "We had to do it much earlier."
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