IOC Candidate: Include More Sports at Summer Games
Thinks wrestling will be included in 2020 Games
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A candidate for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee has called for a “more creative approach” of adding sports to the Summer Olympic. Rather than axing out entire sports to remain within a cap of 10,500 athletes and 28 sports, Denis Oswald favors removing less competitive events within disciplines, the Associate Press reports.
“If you streamline some sports and keep only their events which are really universal, you could go further,” Oswald said at a news conference. “This space can go to different sports so that we can really create fresh blood within the program.”
Oswald also said he’s “pretty convinced” that wrestling will return to the Olympics after being removed from the core list of sports. “I was very surprised that was wrestling was eliminated,” Oswald said. “I think there were other ways to warn them.”
Oswald is competing against IOC Vice Presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, C.K. Wu of Taiwan, and Sergei Bubka of Ukraine. The election will be held in September.