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Topic - Pierre De Coubertin
The vote Tuesday by the IOC's executive board stunned the world's wrestlers, who see their sport as popular in many countries and steeped in history as old as the Olympics themselves.
The Olympics have Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern games. The Paralympics have Sir Ludwig Guttmann.
The Summer Olympic are upon us, and already they are spoiling things for those of us who like our summers restful and given over to reasonable pageantry, particularly pageantry in London.
"The day [the games are] introduced, the cause of peace will have received a new and strong ally," said Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the French organizer on the day the modern games opened.