R-Sport: Wrestling to Make Olympic Case in St. Petersburg - IOC

22.03.2013 | World News RSS

R-Sport: Wrestling to Make Olympic Case in St. Petersburg - IOC

 

MOSCOW, March 22 (R-Sport) – Wrestling will make its case to re-enter the list of core Olympic sports at an International Olympic Committee executive board meeting in St. Petersburg in May, the IOC announced Friday.
The board voted unexpectedly to cut the ancient sport from the list of confirmed disciplines for the 2020 Olympics, and wrestling must now battle seven candidate disciplines for the sole remaining slot.
Representatives of all eight candidate sports will give presentations to the board at the meeting in St. Petersburg, which is being held alongside the SportAccord industry conference in Russia's so-called winter capital.
The location of the May 29-31 meeting should inspire hopes among wrestling fans, as Russia was among the first to express its indignation with the IOC’s decision.
President Vladimir Putin and the country's national Olympic committee have both thrown their weight behind the sport's reinstatement.
Baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu are also vying for Olympic attention.
The final decision on the Olympic program for the 2020 Games will be made by the IOC in Buenos Aires in September, along with the announcement of the host city.
Wrestling has been included in various forms at every Olympics since 1904. In recent years, it has attracted scant spectator interest outside its stronghold countries and faced claims of corrupt refereeing at the Games.
The meeting will also hear reports on the IOC’s latest activities and receive updates on preparations for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Rio de Janeiro and Pyeongchang.




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