Wrestling cut from 2020 Olympic Games
(CNN) — The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that it has recommended dropping wrestling as a sport from the Summer Games.
According to the IOC, wrestling was part of a group of seven shortlisted sports — baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu — that was vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic program before being cut Tuesday.
The decision to drop the sport was made during secret-ballot voting at a Tuesday meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Though many assumed modern pentathlon would get the ax, the committee instead decided to eliminate wrestling, which has roots in the ancient Greece games and has been a part of every modern Olympics since they began in 1896.
“This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “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 Olympic core sports.”
Prior to wrestling being cut from the games, the Olympics had 26 core sports.