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Wrestling's out of the ring at the 2020 Olympics

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Turkey's Ramazan Sahin (R) wrestles Kazakhstan's Akzhurek Tanatarov in their Men's 66kg Freestyle bronze medal match on August 12, 2012 during the wrestling event of the London 2012 Olympic Games. YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Wrestling is down for the count at the 2020 Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee has voted to drop the sport from its "core" group of events. However, it could find its way back in, vying with seven other sports for a single opening during the games.

It was a surprise to many Olympic followers like Phil Wallace, who explains how the event's ejection may have to do less with the sport than the politics at the IOC.


Phil Wallace, board member of the LA Sports Council and part of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. He's also worked on past bids by New York and Chicago to host the games.

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