Wrestling dropped from 2020 Olympics

Updated: Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 12:12

Wrestling has been dropped as a sport from the 2020 Games by the International Olympic Committee's executive board. 

A meeting of the IOC's ruling committee this morning looked at a number of sports with modern pentathlon viewed as being most at risk but the 15-strong board chose to drop wrestling.

It will now have to vie with other sports including baseball/softball, squash and karate to be added back into the programme when the full IOC session meets in September.

IOC communications director Mark Adams told a news conference in Lausanne: "The executive board recommended that wrestling not be included on the list of 25 core sports and it now joins shortlisted sports vying for inclusion on the 2020 Olympics programme as an additional sport."