The wrestling community has come in for a rude shock after knowing that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has, in its meeting in Lausanne, taken a decision to drop the event of wrestling from the 2020 Olympics even though it had been there ever since 1896 – when the inaugural Olympics had been held.
This has been reported in hindustantimes.com of dated 12th of February 2013.
It seems the executive body of the IOC wants to remove the oldest sport of the Olympics from the list of core sports and replace it with modern pentathlon.
Incidentally, wrestling attracted 344 competitors in 11 medal events that covered freestyle and another seven in the Greco-Roman types in 2012 London Olympics and removing one sport from the standard list of 26 would give IOC the option to include another type of sport.
Wrestling would now have to join seven other sports for re-inclusion in 2020 – these are baseball, softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu.
The decision makers would meet in May in St Petersburg in Russia to discuss on which sport would be included instead of wrestling and the final decision would be declared in the IOC General Assembly in Buenos Aires in September.
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