In a brief media release this week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shed a little more light on the announcement in St Petersburg next week of the final shortlist of sports bidding to make the 2020 Olympic Games.
Of course, the eight bids at present are baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard, wushu and now wrestling – who were put into the mix after being controversially recommended for exclusion from the list of core sports after Rio 2016 by the IOC Executive Board in February.
The IOC Executive Board will again take centre stage on Wednesday (May 29), when they decide which sports will make the final shortlist.
The release explained that from 1.30pm to 8pm Moscow Standard Time (MSK), all eight will present to the Executive Board at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex to state their case before the Board votes to decide on the shortlist.
Then, at 8.30pm MSK, there will be a “press briefing with the IOC director of communications Mark Adams, including announcement of shortlist of sport(s) for 2020 Olympic programme.”
Of the 15 IOC Executive Board Members, only one is from North America (Guatemala) and none of the members have ties to wrestling.