IOC Executive Board Announces Changes to Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (June 13) – The International Olympic Committee this week announced several changes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme, including the reduction of wrestling's quota by 56 entries. The cutback was part of the 2013 agreement wrestling made while lobbying its way back into the 2020 Games.

Wrestling will have a total of 288 total athletes for the 2020 Games, with 16 wrestlers at each of the 18 weight categories. Wrestling was joined by several other federations in recomposing their quota for the 2020 Games.

“We’ve always understood that being voted back onto the Olympic programme meant maturing into an active and engaged member of the Olympic movement,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. "These adjustments will help the Olympic Games move closer to accomplishing the goals set out in Agenda 2020.”

Wrestling was a part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been in every Olympics since 1904. The 2016 Olympic Games were the sport’s most successful to date with record-breaking viewership both on T.V. and online.