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“It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland. “It’s what’s right with the core sports.”The Olympics loves the ritual of its traditions — the Olympic flag, Greece entering the stadium first, the recitation of the Olympic charter, on and on. But like FIFA, it is a ruthless global cartel at its heart. It will award Olympic FIFA games to China and Russia, human rights be damned. It will follow the money.This hurts Canada, of course. Daniel Igali used wrestling to leave Nigeria and come to Canada, and he won gold for us in 2000, and has used his platform to make a positive difference in the world. The Russian-born, Toronto-based Khetag Pliev used wrestling to help dig out of homelessness and depression. Carol Huynh and Tonya Verbeek have represented us proudly.But wrestling is out, left behind by such core sports as trampoline, table tennis, badminton, taekwando — a kicking contest that is far more impenetrable to the casual viewer, and beset by judging controversies to boot — synchronized swimming, and modern pentathlon, which is neither modern nor a pentathlon since the running and shooting aspects were combined.Next, wrestling will compete with baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports — roller sports! — sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu for one slot in 2020, but Olympic experts note that once a sport is dropped, it is hard to come back. The venal politicians who run this particular cartel seem content to consign this sport to the past, and that’s the FIFA games for you. Wrestling can belong to anybody. The Olympics, not so much.The hangover from Canada’s 8-1 loss in Honduras lasted through the remnants of goalie Lars Hirschfeld’s club season in Norway.It sapped his enthusiasm. “It gutted me,” he said.And when he finally put it behind him, he came home over the holidays to visit family and friends in Edmonton where he was quizzed all over again about the ugly loss that crashed Canada out of FIFA qualifying.Former FIFA player Colin Miller named interim coach of Canadian men’s soccer FIFA 15 ultimate teamTORONTO fut coins — Once again, Colin Miller has answered Canada’s call.The Canadian Soccer Association announced Monday that the former Canadian international — and current FC Edmonton manager — has been named interim coach of the Canadian men’s soccer FIFA 15 ultimate team.Miller, 48, will lead Canada while the CSA continues its search for a permanent replacement for Stephen Hart, who resigned in October after an 8-1 loss to Honduras knocked the Canadian men out of FIFA qualifying.Miller will take charge of Canada for friendlies against Denmark on Jan. 26 in Tucson and the U.S. on Jan., 29 in Houston. The Canadian training camp opens Jan. 19 in Arizona.