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IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics

2 years ago Tuesday, February 12, 2013 8:29:52 AM CST February 12, 2013 Tuesday, February 12 2013 Feb 12, 2013 in Sports
Source: Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Leaders of the International Olympic Committee have dropped wrestling for the 2020 Games.

The surprise decision removes one of the oldest Olympic sports.

The IOC executive board, meeting in Switzerland, decided Tuesday to retain modern pentathlon - the event considered most at risk - and remove wrestling instead from its list of core sports.

The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.

Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.

IMAGE: U. S. Navy

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