Wrestling May Be Restored as Olympic Event

Competing against baseball/softball and squash for final slot


Three months after it was surprisingly removed from the list of core Olympic sports, wrestling gets another shot. The International Olympic Committee's executive board shortlisted three sports Wednesday for inclusion beginning with the 2020 Summer Games.

Also competing for the single opening is baseball/softball and squash. A final decision will be made in September after a full membership vote.

Karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and the Chinese martial art of wushu were eliminated. Franco Carraro, who chairs the Olympic program commission, said in a news conference he hoped the process had been "useful" for the five sports not selected. "We understand they are not happy," he said.