After seven months of intense campaigns, the sport of wrestling was welcomed back into the 2020 Olympic Games. It was a gut check to be sure for one of the world’s oldest sports, and one of the first sports included in the ancient Olympic games. Wrestling received the majority of votes, 49, when compared to competing sports Baseball/Softball (24) and Squash (22).
“Wrestling has shown great passion and resilience in the last few months,” IOC president Jacques Rogge said. “They have taken a number of steps to modernize and improve their sport.”
It is this willingness to evolve and fight for survival that has allowed wrestling to get back into the Olympic Games and it is what will carry wrestling into the future. With planned rule changes including scoring, uniforms, etc. the sport will undergo a transformation that will make the sport more exciting to watch for casual fans as well as lead to more exposure and participation. With all of the leading wrestling organizations coming together for the good of the sport it seems that the future of wrestling is bright and ripe for growth.