Wrestling’s governing body has reacted well and made the necessary changes to give the sport a chance of saving its place in the Olympics,IOC President Jacques Rogge said.
Rogge said FILA has tackled the issues that led the IOC executive board in February to remove wrestling from the list of core sports for the 2020 Games. I think they had the good answer and the good reaction, he said. They obviously were taken a bit by a surprise by the fact they could leave the core group.
Rogge praised the measures approved by FILA at its congress in Moscow last weekend,including rule changes to make matches more compelling and the inclusion of women and athletes in decision-making positions.
Wrestling is now competing with seven other sports for a single spot on the 2020 program. The IOC board meets in St. Petersburg,Russia,next week and will recommend one sport or a shortlist of sports for a vote by the full IOC in September.
The federation definitely understood the reasons why they were ousted,and they reacted what they normally should have done,” Rogge said. They did a good job on that,so we’ll see what the judgment is of the executive board on all of the eight sports but definitely I would say that wrestling has reacted well, he said.
That does not guarantee a spot in the shortlist or the single presentation. It was at least the minimum they could do and they did it, he said.
The IOC decision in February to drop wrestling led to the resignation of FILA president Raphael Martinetti. Nenad Lalovic,who took over in an interim capacity,was elected fulltime president at last Saturday’s congress in Moscow.