THIS IS COMPLETE BULLSHT!!!! My dreams have just been fucking shat on…
Wrestling has been dropped from the 2020 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee’s executive board.
A meeting of the IOC’s ruling committee on Tuesday looked at a number of sports, with modern pentathlon viewed as being most at risk, but the 15-strong board chose to drop wrestling.
It will now have to vie with other sports including baseball/softball, squash and karate to get back into the programme when the full IOC session meets in Buenos Aires during September.
The IOC communications director Mark Adams told a news conference in Lausanne: “The executive board recommended that wrestling not be included on the list of 25 core sports and it now joins shortlisted sports vying for inclusion on the 2020 Olympics programme as an additional sport.”
The executive board studied a report from the IOC’s programme commission which assessed each of the sports at last summer’s London Games.
Taekwondo was also viewed as being at risk, with the report looking into more than 30 separate areas, including TV ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping and global popularity.
Wrestling will be one of eight sports now which will have to campaign for inclusion when the IOC session meets.