Leaders of the International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling from the Olympic program on Tuesday, which will remove the sport from competition in 2020.
The decision was made to retain modern pentathlon and cut wrestling from the list of 25 “core sports.”
“This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling, it is what’s right with the 25 core sports.”
The move will allow the IOC to add a new sport to the program later this year.
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Richard Reacts: I actually see a WWE tie-in here. The company often sends Gerald Brisco to scout amateur wrestling matches to look for new talent. If wrestling is removed from the Olympics, will people still pursue the sport? If they don’t this is bound to at least alter the talent pool in which WWE brings to the company. Workers like Jack Swagger, Brock Lesnar and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle were all amateur wrestlers before signing WWE contracts.