On Sunday 8th September, presentations to the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aries will be made by Baseball-Softball, Squash and Wrestling between 2:30pm and 4pm. In the space of half an hour, each sport will make the case why they should be the sport to be included the Olympics in 2020 and 2024.
Following a vote by the 105-member session, the result will be broadcast in an announcement by IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge at approx 4:45pm (all times adjusted to UK).
Wrestling’s case is built on the significant and lasting changes that it has introduced since the recommendation on 12th February by the IOC Executive Board that Wrestling should not be one of the Olympic core sports after 2016.
Since February, Wrestling has significantly improved on the three major areas of IOC concern; rules of the sport, internal governance and gender equity.
The FILA Presentation Panel:
The FILA presenters are the same five who presented in St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 29.
Wrestling has shown the power that sport has to unite otherwise divided nations and individuals. The USA, Russia and Iran held a joint press conference at the headquarters of the United Nations, the first ever such joint press conference in the UN’s history, illustrative of the deep passion held for Wrestling in these countries.
Millions of people are now united, fighting together to save Olympic Wrestling. It is hoped that Sunday’s presentation is successful!