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Wrestling grapples for its Olympic future

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Wrestling, an Olympic sport since the first Games in ancient Greece, looks set to be dropped for the 2020 edition, after the International Olympic Committee voted on Tuesday to remove it from the programme. 

Uzbekistan's Soslan Tigiev (R) fights Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi in their men's 74kg freestyle quarter-final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012. Wrestling, an Olympic sport since the first Games in ancient Greece, looks set to be dropped for the 2020 edition, after the International Olympic Committee voted on Tuesday to remove it from the programme.

The decision, taken by the 15 members of the IOC executive board, has yet to be ratified by all members of the body but looks likely to be ditched, as seven other disciplines compete for the vacant spot in seven years' time.

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