IOC EB recommends Wrestling as the sport to cut from 2020 summer Olympics
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
February 12 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) chose wrestling as the sport they recommend to be dropped from the 2020 summer Games program. The final decision will go to vote at the IOC session in Buenos Aires in September when the 2020 host city is chosen.
The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) governs the sport of wrestling that will now join the shortlist of sports vying for a place on the program: baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu.
All eight sports will make presentations to the IOC EB taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia in late May. Here again the EB will make a recommendation of one sport to be considered to be added to the 2020 Games.
The 25 core sports for the 2020 Games program now are: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said, “This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics.
“In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling, it is what’s right with the 25 core sports.”
The IOC decided that in an effort to keep the Games relevant to all generations the Olympic Program commission, headed by Franco Carraro, systematically reviews all the sports at the end of every edition of the Games.
In 2009 Golf and Rugby took the place of Baseball and Softball after they left the Olympic Program following Beijing 2008. Baseball and Softball have now united to form one unique federation and are lobbying for a place in 2020.
The decision will now pass to the IOC session that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina September 7-10 in a few months.
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