Three months ago, the International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling from the 2020 games in Russia. On Wednesday, the IOC executive board took a step toward reinstating the sport to the games.
The board placed wrestling, squash, baseball, and softball on the short list for inclusion. The list will go to the full IOC assembly for a final decision on September 8 in Buenos Aires.
Eliminated from contention for the games were five sports: Karate, roller sports, sport climbing, skateboarding and the Chinese martial art of wushu.
The earlier decision to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics ruffled a lot of feathers in the Heartland. It’s a popular sport here. When Channel 6 News spoke to high school wrestlers at the Nebraska state tournament in February, we heard words like blown away, surprised, and major disappointment to describe the decision.
Even Iowa lawmakers were outraged. In March, the state House and Senate passed resolutions calling for the IOC to reconsider the decision. Famed Iowa wrestling Dan Gable even appeared in the legislature to support the move. He won a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics and coached at the University of Iowa.