Olympics Drops Wrestling From Its Core Sports Lineup

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced its 25 “core sports” for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Notably absent from the list was wrestling – a sport that has been part of the olympic games since the very first olympics in 1896.

That doesn’t mean that wrestling won’t be an event at the Olympics, however. The sport will now have to compete with other “shortlisted” sports for inclusion in the 2020 games. Baseball/softball, karate, roller sports (inline skating), sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, and wushu are other shortlisted sports that will make presentations to the IOC executive board at a meeting in St. Petersburg in May. Following that meeting the executive board will choose which of the shortlisted sports to include in the 2020 games.

From an IOC statement:

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.

The 25 core sports that will definitely be included in the 2020 games 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 location for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be chosen in September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session. The candidate cities are Istanbul, Tokyo, and Madrid.

Olympics Drops Wrestling From Its Core Sports Lineup
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  • http://www.wrestlingroots.org wrestlingroots

    To say this is a shame is an understatement. The Olympics are supposed to be a display of sports from around the world. No sport is more historically global than wrestling. Every culture and nation throughout history have created their own form of the sport.

    Secondly, it is a sport that costs nothing to participate in. No fancy equipment, no sports complexes, etc… Wrestling is a sport where even the poorest of the poor countries can have success in.

    Plus, the past 12 years have DOUBLED the amount of countries that have participated in womens’ wrestling at the Olympics. If a sport is growing so fast, why cut it?

    Dropping wrestling is a slap in the face to the history of sports.

  • coach

    Wow, so the oldest recordable sport in the world is NOT good enough for the IOC? There are some saying they will boycott the 2020 summer olympics if this is left to stand. My decision would be to boycott every Olympics and any company that sponsors the Olympics until this decision is reversed. IOC had to downsize its core group of sports why? Add more sports and more tv coverage. Enough Honey boo boo and reality tv.

  • James Kasser

    The Olympics are not about the sports fans. They are about the athletes. The ancient and modern games were suppose to be about the athletes.

    Equestrian? Really. Does the horse get the medals? All the rider does is hang on and bark out a few commands. Thought the games were about human athletics.

    Golf? Please!! Great skill game but no athletic ability at all needed, unless you make the contestants run to each hole in a timed event. The IOC might as well allow billiards, bowling, darts and angling, all of which take great skill to master but not athletic greatness.

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