Wrestling may be cut from Olympic Games
February 12th, 2013
07:01 AM ET

Wrestling may be cut from Olympic Games

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has recommended dropping wrestling as a sport from the Summer Games, it announced Tuesday.

"Wrestling will now join the seven shortlisted sports - baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu - vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic program as an additional sport," the IOC said in a statement.

At a meeting in Russia in May, representatives from those eight sports will make presentations for inclusion in the 2020 Games. The Executive Board will recommend one for inclusion.

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  1. Tim Clouse*

    Wrestling is the oldest sport, you can not take that away from the Olympics. Tradition is the backbone of the Olympics!

    February 12, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • wut

      The gayest sport is also the oldest traditional sport. Got it.

      February 12, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Benn

    I agree.

    February 12, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. stmiller02

    Badminton and Ping Pong and synchronized swimming are Olympic events but wrestling isn't?! Those three have long made the Olympics look ridiculous.

    February 12, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    It is ludicrous to remove wrestling fron the Olympics.
    Remove the new fluff sports. Keep what is traditional, or drop the reference to ancient Greece.

    February 12, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People (party)

    Damn shame

    February 12, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Nice blogsite @ Rebecca!

    February 12, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. J.C.

    This is dumb. I think the Executive board is doping.

    February 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James

    Ridiculous that something like wrestling would be cut, yet speed-walking and equestrian events would remain.

    February 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ....

    how can they remove wrestling??? it is a awesome sport of strength and talent.. my son has been doing it for years.. they have many events that do not even seem like sports in the olympics.. i would think they would make a better decision to remove another sport and not wrestling

    February 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |