Wrestling, Squash, Baseball/Softball make IOC Shortlist for 2020 Olympics


The IOC announced its official shortlist of 2020 Olympics candidate sports Wednesday following an executive board meeting in St. Petersburg.

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your sport of choice, there were few surprises from the meeting. Wrestling is on the list after being recommended for removal from the Games in February, squash is on the list for the third straight cycle after failing in 2005 and ’09, and baseball/softball took the third spot in its bid to renenter the Games after being ousted from the schedule following the Beijing Olympics.

“It’s a good mix of team sports and individual,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach said during the announcement.

The IOC Executive Board also heard pitches from officials and top athletes from roller sports, sport climbing, wake boarding, wushu, and karate, which failed in its third consecutive Olympics bid.

Wrestling, Squash, and Baseball/Softball officials will pitch their sports to the full IOC membership in Buenos Aires this September for a final vote to determine which of the three will be added in 2020.

Read our breakdown of each sport’s bid for the 2020 Olympics.