The International Olympic Committee sent an official warning to wrestling’s international governing body on Aug. 30, a little more than one week before the vote to decide if the sport remains in the Olympics, according to Around The Rings.
A letter sent to the two sports competing against wrestling, baseball-softball and squash, was seen by Around The Rings, which reported wrestling broke “the rules of conduct in the sports bidding race” for inclusion in the 2020 and 2024 Olympics. The vote for inclusion will take place Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Wrestling has been a part of every modern Olympics except 1900 and was recommended to be dropped from the Olympic program starting in 2020 in February. It fought back to become a finalist to keep its spot, while baseball-softball and squash seek to take the opening.
Wrestling has been reported to be a heavy favorite to win Sunday’s vote.
The letter obtained by Around The Rings was dated Sept. 3, four days after the reprimand.
ATR understands that the warning relates to a letter the Japan Wrestling Federation sent to some IOC members last month promoting the sport’s bid.
IOC rules prohibit the three sports campaigning in this way in the three-week window before the Sept. 8 IOC vote.
Nenad Lalovic, the Serbian president of wrestling’s international governing body (FILA), told Around The Rings that FILA reported the infraction to the IOC and that the IOC said the infraction was minor.
“There is nothing hidden,” Lalovic said. “The story is closed.”
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Critics of professional boxers potentially being allowed in the Olympics (more likely in full for 2020 than 2016 at this point) have mostly cited a disadvantage for inexperienced, less talented amateur fighters at the Games.
Mike Tyson also reportedly called the idea to integrate pro boxers into the Games “foolish” and “ridiculous” on Wednesday, but for a very different reason.
“Some of the pro fighters are gonna get beat by the amateurs,” Tyson said while in China, according to Sky Sports. “If they are like the amateur fighters that I was fighting in the ’80s, like [three-time Cuban Olympic heavyweight champion Teófilo] Stevenson [who Tyson never fought] and those guys, and all those guys were fighting with the Russians and the Cubans, they are gonna beat some of the champions.”
Tyson never boxed in the Olympics but attempted to make the 1984 Olympic team at age 17.
He lost to eventual gold medalist Henry Tillman at the Olympic Trials after reportedly meeting Evander Holyfield for the first time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Both Russia and Cuba boycotted the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics.
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