Wrestling to be dropped from 2020 Olympic Games


Wrestling, one of the oldest sports in the Olympics, will be dropped by 2020, the International Olympic Committee said in a surprise decision.

The move by the executive board of the IOC comes after observers predicted that pentathlon — which combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting — could be on the chopping block, reports The Associated Press.

Wrestling was part of the very first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

The move means a new sport can be included. Up for consideration are: baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu (a martial art).

While the sport that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome got the boot, newer sports including synchronized swimming, trampoline and BMX biking remain safely on the approved list — at least for now.

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Wrestling to be dropped from 2020 Olympic Games

  1. I just don’t understand this. Wrestling is as “olympic” as it gets, along with classic track and field events. Athletes from around the world take part in wrestling programs in their youth. In terms of global participation, it’s got to be one of the higher-ranking events. What a strange decision.

    Is road cycling still an olympic event? One would think the IOC would go after an event like road cycling (where a large proportion of athletes are cheating and the regulating authority seems unable/unwilling to be proactive in preventing cheating) rather than one of the classic sports.

  2. If they ban wrestling I’ll stop watching the steroid enhanced, blood doping, constantly scandalized Olympics for good. After all that’s territory strictly reserved for swimming, weight lifting, and cycling,

    • let’s not stop there!! Honestly I can’t think of one sport at the elite level that is’nt compromised by some form of doping and cheating,including of course the equestrian diciplines…

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