Wrestling will no longer be an Olympic sport after 2016, as the IOC as decided to drop the program from the list of scheduled games.
The IOC executive board picked modern pentathlon over wrestling as one of the 25 core sports, according to an article by the Associated Press.
Wrestling dates back to the inaugural Olympics in Athens back in 1896. The IOC will now be able to add one more sport back later this year.
“This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling, it is what’s right with the 25 core sports.”
Shane Roller posted on Twitter, “Crazy! The oldest sport known to man is dropped from the 2020 Olympics. The world is (getting) too soft. Wrestling is tough & builds character.”
Jon Jones, who was a college wrestler prior to entering the world of MMA, made sure to re-post the #SaveOlympicWrestling hashtag on his Twitter account. Earlier, the UFC light heavyweight champion wrote, “Supposedly wrestling has been dropped from the Olympics!?!?? Someone please tell me that’s not true.”