The head of the Association of National Olympic Committees, Sheik Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, says his group is “very keen” on keeping wrestling in the Olympics, and that the sport has the unanimous backing of his executive council.
Al Sabah met with the group in Sydney Tuesday, and afterward told the local Associated Press that they plan to work with the international wrestling federation to help them through two IOC votes later this year, which will determine if wrestling will maintain its Olympic status.
“I have confidence that the session will vote in favor of maintaining wrestling,” Al Sabah said.
Wrestling is up against karate, wake boarding, squash, sport climbing, roller sports, wushu, and a baseball/softball co-bid after the IOC’s surprise recommendation that it be dropped from the Games.
All eight prospective sports will be up for a vote in May at an IOC executive committee meeting in St. Petersburg. There, the group will pare those eight down to a final list that all the IOC members will vote on in Buenos Aires this September to fill the one available spot on the 2020 schedule.