Sports Ministry to ask IOC to rethink wrestling's Oly future

Shocked by the International Olympic Committee's decision to take wrestling off the 2020 Olympic roster, the Sports Ministry today said it would ask the IOC to reconsider the move as it would "demoralise" the grapplers and deeply affect the "sustenance" of the game.

"Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will take up the issue with other nations where wrestling is a popular sport. The Ministry will take up the issue with IOC to reconsider its decision and retain wrestling in the category of core sports in Olympic Games," the Ministry said in a statement.

"Ministry is hopeful that with these steps, IOC Executive Board meeting at St. Petersburg in Russia in May and the 12th IOC Session at Buenos Aires, Argentina will decide to retain Wrestling in core Olympic Games," it added.

The IOC Executive Board, in its meeting held yesterday, decided on the 25 sports it will propose for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in the 125th IOC Session to be held in September in Argentina.

Wrestling was not included in the 25 core sports despite the fact that it goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 and had always been a core sport.

"This ancient sport has helped the Indian grapplers to make a mark and bring India on the global sporting map. India has won four medals at the Olympic Games in wrestling, viz., bronze medal by KD Jadhav at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, bronze Medal by Shri Sushil Kumar at the Beijing Olympics 2008, silver medal by Shri Sushil Kumar at the London Olympics 2012 and bronze medal by Shri Yogeshwar Dutt at the London Olympics 2012," it said.

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