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Wrestling Out of 2020 Olympics
February 12, 2013

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The International Olympic Committee has removed wrestling from the 2020 Olympics.

The decision includes both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, the IOC said, confirming that the two sports will be on offer at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro.

The IOC executive board made the decision by secret ballot at its Lausanne, Switzerland, headquarters. The board announced no other details of the decision.

Wrestling has been an Olympic sport since the modern Games began, in 1896, and was one of the relatively small number of sports at the ancient Olympics.

The 2004 Olympics, in Athens, were the first in which women participated in freestyle wrestling. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling still does not include women.

In recent years, the IOC has added or jettisoned sports in order to broaden international appeal. For example, the Winter Olympics now feature the wildly popular snowboarding. As well, the 2016 Summer Olympics will feature the additions of golf and rugby.

Wrestling's world governing organization, the Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA), said that it would seek to get the decision reversed. The IOC executive board will meet again in May, to consider adding a 26th sport to the 2020 Games, to match the total of last year's London Olympics.

The maximum number of Summer Olympics sports, set by the IOC early in the 21st Century, is 28.

Other sports recently dropped from the Olympics include baseball and softball, both after the 2008 Olympics.

Four sports have been on offer at all modern Olympics: athletics, fencing, (artistic) gymnastics, and swimming. Wrestling has been an Olympic sport in all modern Games except 1900.

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