Just a few days after the International Olympic Committee announced they were going dropping wrestling from the Olympics in 2020, several nations have stated they will join the fight for re-inclusion.
Among them are Russia and India, who have both had success over the years in the sport. The word of the sport dropping out of 2020 made headlines in both countries. The United States is also showing their support, with several U.S. representatives already drafting resolutions to help get the sport back into the Olympics.
Japan, who is vying to be the host city in 2020, is disappointed in the decision, but is more likely not to contest because they don’t want to have an effect in getting chosen. Their wrestlers has been dominate in the women’s divisions for the past several Olympic Games.
With the outpouring of support against the decision, IOC President Jacques Rogge stated he will meet with Raphael Martinetti, the president of international wrestling federation FILA, to help figure out what changes it would take to get the sport re-included.
The IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg, Russia to vote on what sport(s) to bring before the full IOC general assembly in September. There is a chance that more than one sport could be added to the 2020 Olympics.
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