Olympic wrestling cleared a major hurdle today in St. Petersburg, Russia. The sport was one of three to make the cut for the final sport in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Wrestling will be considered for the final spot, along with baseball/softball and squash, when the IOC holds a final meeting September 8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to decide which of the three will be in the 2020 Olympic games.
Wrestling was surprisingly cut by the IOC this past February. Since then the wrestling community has been in quite a bit of turmoil, with major upheaval in the sport’s leadership at FILA and multiple rule changes being considered to make the sport more accessible to viewers.
The move also formed an unlikely alliance between three rival countries in the United States, Russia, and Iran, with multiple exhibitions – like the Grand Central Rumble – established to showcase the sport and rally support for the sport to remain in the Olympics.
The vote today saw karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and the Chinese martial art of wushu eliminated from a possible Olympic spot.