Olympic Wrestling was contested at the ancient Olympic Games in 708 BC. When the contemporary Olympic Games returned to Athens in 1896, wrestling (in the form of Greco-Roman wrestling) ended up being a focus of the Games, with the exception of the 1900 Summer season Olympics when wrestling did not show up on the program. Freestyle wrestling, as well as weight courses both, made their first appearance in 1904. A women’s competition was also introduced in 2004.
In February 2013, the IOC elected to remove wrestling from the Summer Olympic program. The president of the sport’s controlling body, FILA (currently United World Wrestling), resigned after a no self-confidence motion. Adhering to adjustments in leadership, and also revisions to the program for 2016 (consisting of policy changes and the addition of a ladies’ competitors), Olympic Wrestling successfully campaigned to be readmitted to the Summer Olympic program.
Elimination and reinstatement
In an effort to regulate the size and expenses of the Summertime Olympics, and also make the Games “relevant to sports followers of all generations”, the IOC examined the Olympic event program in place for the 2016 Summer Olympics and elected on 25 “core sports that would comprise the program of the 2020 Summer Olympics. One opening was available for a new sport. In February 2013, IOC participants elected to remove Olympic Wrestling from the Olympic program; The New York Times mentioned several possible consider the decision, consisting of the absence of universally-known skill unlike various other sports, and problem for the absence of females competitors in wrestling (having only presented women’s freestyle competitors in 2004). FILA (currently United Globe Wrestling), the governing body of Olympic wrestling, quickly slammed the decision. The company cited wrestling’s enduring background as an Olympic event, which dates as far back as the ancient Olympic Games.
The choice resulted in immediate reaction; Armen Nazaryan and Sagid Murtazaliev both returned gold medals to the IOC in a demonstration, while Nazaryan likewise organized a hunger strike till the 2013 European Fumbling Championships. FILA head of state Raphaël Martinetti surrendered after a ballot of non-confidence by the company’s personnel.
Martinetti was replaced as acting head of state by Nenad Lalovic. Under his leadership, the company started to make changes to its Olympic program for 2016, including regulation modifications designed to make bouts faster and urge more hostility, as well as additional women’s weight courses. These adjustments were intended to aid improve audience interest, and deal with the drawbacks that likely led to the elimination of the sport; Olympic Wrestling signed up with baseball/softball, as well as squash, on a final shortlist of three sports to be included in the core Olympic program for 2020. On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC has chosen wrestling to be reinstated in the Olympic program for 2020 and also 2024. Lalović was greatly attributed to his duty in the reinstatement; he mentioned that “usually this is performed in a few years, we did it in a few months. It was a concern for our survival.”Olympic Wrestling