IOC Reprimands Wrestling Before Crucial Vote
September 6, 2013
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reprimanded Wrestling, who is bidding to return to the Olympics, for breaking campaign rules according to reports.
The sport is up against Squash and a joint Baseball/Softball bid to return to the 2020 Olympics after losing its spot in February before making it back to a shortlist with squash and softball/baseball.
“It was a letter sent by a Japanese wrestling official to IOC members sent back in August, arguing the case for the sport’s Olympic return,” a wrestling official told Reuters.
The official said the letter had been sent outside the date limits for contacting IOC members. IOC prohibits campaigning three weeks before the vote.
“The matter is now closed,” the official said.
On Sunday the IOC will select one sport for inclusion in the 2020 Games with wrestling the overwhelming favorites.
Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid are bidding to host the 2020 Olympics with a decision to be made on Saturday.
The 125th IOC session will also reveal a new President on Tuesday with C.K Wu, Sergey Bubka, Thomas Bach, Ser Miang NG, Denis Oswald and Richard Carrion vying for the role.