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On the IOC executive board recommending that wrestling be axed from the 2020 Olympic Games
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First Published: Wed, Feb 13 2013. 12 51 AM IST
Wrestler Sushil Kumar (in red), the only Indian athlete who has won two Olympic medals in an individual sport, says the IOC’s decision is a big blow for young and talented wrestlers. Photo: Marwan Naamani/AFP
Wrestler Sushil Kumar (in red), the only Indian athlete who has won two Olympic medals in an individual sport, says the IOC’s decision is a big blow for young and talented wrestlers. Photo: Marwan Naamani/AFP
Updated: Wed, Feb 13 2013. 12 51 AM IST
The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) executive board has recommended that wrestling, a sport that has, of late, given India a toehold on the winner’s podium, be axed from the 2020 Games. A final decision is yet to be taken, but a Reuters report suggests that the sport will eventually go.
The impending exit of wrestling, one of the oldest Olympic sports, shouldn’t be seen as a ploy to do India out of medals it would have won in 2020. India’s recent successes on the mat have encouraged hundreds of young people to take up the sport, but it is the US that is the most successful in wrestling, in terms of Olympic medals.
Instead, the exit of wrestling from the Olympics should be seen as an act of fate, although India would do well to lobby the powers-that-be to change their mind. Then, that can’t happen when the country’s Olympic body isn’t even recognized by IOC.
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