International Wrestling

Olympic wrestling to go with six classes for Greco, Men’s and Women’s freestyle in 2016


By Associated Press

MOSCOW – Women’s wrestling will have two extra medal classes at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, while two men’s events from the London Olympics program have been dropped.

The International Olympic Committee says one weight category in both men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman will be transferred to women’s freestyle.

The switch creates six weight classes in all three disciplines at Rio.
Wrestling’s governing body, FILA, proposed the changes to create more equality as it seeks to retain Olympic status for the 2020 Summer Games.

The IOC says its board also approved two changes in sailing: mixed multihull will replace men’s keelboat in Rio and women’s skiff replaces women’s match racing.

The IOC allowed the changes because they won’t increase the number of athletes competing.
Rio organizers have a quota of about 10,800 athletes.

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