In February it was announced that wrestling would be dropped from the Olympics starting in 2020. But at a meeting of the IOC executive board today, three sports were shortlisted to gain inclusion beginning at those same 2020 games—and good old wrestling is among them.
There weren't a lot of answers when wrestling shockingly got the axe. A popular theory was that FILA, the governing body, didn't lobby hard enough—those IOC types like their wining and dining and hookers. It was also brought up that Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. sits on the board of the modern pentathlon federation, which probably would have faced the cut had wrestling not gone.