As Iowa high school wrestlers prepare for the State Wrestling Tournament to begin Wednesday, a bombshell was dropped about the sport by the International Olympic Committee.
Tuesday, the Executive Board of the IOC recommended dropping wrestling from the summer Olympic games beginning in 2020.
Channel 13’s Patrick Dix had the chance to talk to Iowa State University head wrestling coach Kevin Jackson, who is an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, about the IOC’s decision and how it affects high school and college wrestlers hoping to advance to the Olympics.
View the interview below:
The IOC’s recommendation isn’t the final word on the subject. Wrestling and seven other sports that have been shortlisted still have the chance for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. In May, the IOC’s Executive Board will meet again and vote for one of the sports to be added.
The other sports vying for a spot in the 2020 Olympics are baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, and wushu.