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2020 Olympics: Igali, FILA ready for Buenos Aires

09/01/2013, 10:30am MDT
By Monica Iheakam, SunNewsOnline.com

Nigeria Wrestling Federation President (NWF) Hon. Daniel Igali and other members of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) team are set for the final presentation at the 125th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires on September 8 2013 to save wrestling from being axed from the 2020 Olympics.

The full IOC membership is expected to vote on which sport to include in the Olympic Programme for 2020 and 2024 after the September 8 presentation.

It would be recalled that this five-member team headed by FILA President, Nenad Lalovic, is the same team that dazzled the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board with their first presentation in May.

In their presentation, Igali and his team considered favorites to see off squash and a joint softball/baseball bid to be restored to the 2020 sports roster, will highlight all the extraordinary changes and initiatives FILA has completed this summer; remaking one of the world’s oldest sports.

Several of these groundbreaking steps include: innovative rules to encourage competition, new distribution of weight classes to increase opportunities for women and an enhanced social media profile.

These changes were supported by a special Save Olympic Wrestling meet in Ancient Olympia, Greece, that featured the first-ever women’s wrestling match at the birthplace of the Olympic Movement.

On February 12, 2013, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board dropped wrestling from the recommended 25 sports that would make up the core sports of the Olympic games after 2016.

Tag(s): International News