Wrestling dropped from Olympics, but has 2020 Games chance

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Wrestling has been dropped as an Olympic sport, the IOC announced Tuesday – but it will have a chance to be part of the 2020 Olympic Games, the location of which has not yet been decided. The IOC dumped wrestling Tuesday and has reportedly also been reviewing Taekwondo and modern Pentathlon as sports that might go.

Wushu, a popular Chinese sport, will compete with wrestling and other sports for 1 Olympics slot in 2020


Wrestling will be competing for one slot in 2020 with seven other sports: baseball/softball, squash, karate, sport climbing, wakeboarding, wushu and roller sports.

The Summer Games in 2020 will also include 25 sports approved Tuesday in Lausanne: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.

The IOC will decide in September when it meets in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which of the sports to include, and whether to award the Games to Istanbul, Tokyo or Madrid.

Wrestling has been an Olympic sport since 1896.

The IOC added golf and rugby sevens as additional sports for the 2009 Summer Games, the Olympic Organization noted Tuesday in its statement on the 2020 sports selection.