=== IOC recommends to cut wrestling from 2020 Olympics ===
 
 Lausanne,   Switzerland  (Sports   Network)  -  The  Executive  Board  of  the
 International  Olympic Committee said Tuesday that it has recommended dropping
 wrestling as a sport from the 2020 Olympic Games.
 
 Wrestling,  governed  by the  International Federation of Associated Wrestling
 Styles  (FILA),  will now  join  seven  other  sports  that are  fighting  for
 inclusion  in the  2020 Olympics. The list includes baseball/softball, karate,
 roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu.
 
 "We  knew that  today would be a  tough day for American athletes competing in
 whatever  sport  was identified  by the  IOC Executive  Board," USOC CEO Scott
 Blackmun  said in  a statement. "Given the history and tradition of wrestling,
 and  its popularity  and universality, we were surprised when the decision was
 announced.   It  is   important  to   remember  that   today's  action   is  a
 recommendation,  and  we hope that  there will  be a meaningful opportunity to
 discuss  the important  role that wrestling plays in the sports landscape both
 in  the  United States  and around the  world. In the  meantime, we will fully
 support USA Wrestling and its athletes."
 
 The  eight  sports are  scheduled to  make presentations  to the IOC executive
 board  in St.  Petersburg, Russia, in May.  The board will pick which sport or
 sports  to propose  for 2020 inclusion, with  the final vote being made at the
 IOC session, or general assembly, in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
 Wrestling,  which combines  freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the
 inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.
 
 
 02/12 14:08:22 ET

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