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IOC: Wrestling not a core sport for 2020
IOC Executive Board recommends 25 core sports for 2020 Games
[INDENT]The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today agreed on the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
The 25 sports 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.
The EB recommended that wrestling, governed by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), not be included on the list of core sports. Wrestling will now join the seven shortlisted sports – baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu – vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic programme as an additional sport.
The eight sports are scheduled to make presentations to the Executive Board at its meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, in May. The EB will select which of the eight sports to recommend to the 125th IOC Session for inclusion as an additional sport on the 2020 programme.
In an effort to ensure the Olympic Games remain relevant to sports fans of all generations, the Olympic Programme Commission systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the Games.
Golf and rugby sevens were added in 2009 as additional sports to the 2016 Olympic programme.
The 125th IOC Session will take place from 7 to 10 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[/INDENT]
it is one the sports where non traditional Olympic countries excell and can do well
yet elite so called sports are still in, its all about $$$$ sadly. Olympics is about the pinnacle of a sport which was in wrestling many boys in some countries spend their lives and dream of only an OGM. Azerbaijan, Iran, Mongolia, Turkey will be heavily impacted
Shame on You IOC !
I am sorry to hear this. I'm not fond of wrestling personally, but even I can see how important it is to many countries that aren't Olympic powers in other sports, as sky_fly20 points out. For one thing, it's a sport that doesn't take a lot of expensive equipment. For another, it has a long tradition in many countries, unlike, say, freestyle snowmobiling. In the U.S. at least, wrestling is actually a sport that people can learn in public school, which opens it to kids whose parents can't afford private lessons or coaches. This puts wrestling within the reach of boys who normally wouldn't be able to take up skiing, horseback riding, skating (figure or speed), tennis, and the like.
I agree with you. While wrestling is not well watched, there are others that have fewer participants with even less viewership. Can't recall if any doping has been involved.