Wrestling Chief Ousted Following IOC Snub - Report

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Reuters
Wrestling's world governing body FILA has ousted its president amid the fallout from an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation that the sport be dropped from the 2020 Summer Games, according to Japanese media on Saturday.

Raphael Martinetti

Wrestling's world governing body FILA has ousted its president amid the fallout from an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation that the sport be dropped from the 2020 Summer Games, according to Japanese media on Saturday.

Switzerland's Raphael Martinetti was issued with a vote of no confidence by his colleagues at a FILA Executive Committee meeting in Thailand, a Kyodo news agency report said.

FILA vice president Tomiaki Fukuda said the governing body would continue to discuss wrestling's plight during the annual gathering being held in Phuket.

"We will discuss in what ways we can bring wrestling back, but if nothing is decided today, we'll continue our discussions tomorrow," Fukuda was quoted as saying.

Part of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and all further editions of the Games, wrestling was stunned when the IOC Executive Board made a surprise recommendation on Tuesday to drop the sport from the 2020 Games.

The sport will now join seven other candidate sports battling for one spot in a revamped programme when the IOC session in Buenos Aires votes on the recommendation in September.