Wrestling Wins IOC Vote, Back for 2020 & 2024 Summer Olympics
September 8, 2013
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board voted today (Sunday, September 8, 2013) in favor of keeping wrestling for the upcoming 2020 (Tokyo, Japan) and 2024 (to be decided) Summer Olympic Games. The voting procedure took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with 49 IOC members giving their vote for wrestling.
Unfortunately, wrestling will not be a part of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Yet, given the results of the vote and the fact that FILA (international wrestling governing body) has announced its commitment towards modernizing this sport, it seems as wrestling has all the tools to rise from the ashes.
Wrestling is the oldest sport in the world, dating back to around 3000BC. Many professional MMA fighters come from a wrestling background (such as VFD Sports Marketing athlete Clay Guida), and were campaigning for months to save wrestling from being thrown out of the Summer Olympics program.