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Carlesa Williams

Can We Give Wrestling a Beat Down?

By February 18, 2013

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The executive board of theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) has made a recommendation to knock out Olympic wrestling from the Games in 2020. But this is only a recommendation because wrestling may not generate big TV ratings and revenue for the quadrennial Summer Games. Inline skating,wakeboarding and sport climbing are in the running to be included in the IOC's 25 "core sports" for 2020, because they are cool, youth oriented and accessible for youth. Golf will be in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro for similar attributes.

Baseball/softball, karate, roller sports (inline skating), sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, and wushu are other shortlisted sports that will make presentations to the IOC executive board at a meeting in St. Petersburg in May. Following that meeting the executive board will choose which of the shortlisted sports to include in the 2020 games.

There will be 25 core sports that will definitely be included in the 2020 games - athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball. Will roller sports have what it takes to join this group?

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games location (Istanbul, Tokyo or Madrid) will be selected at the 125th IOC Session in September of 2013.

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