Sports federations criticize IOC move on wrestling

A group of sports federations opposes the decision to cut

wrestling from the 2020 Olympics.

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations says

the process that led to wrestling’s exclusion by the IOC executive

board last month is not ”in the best interests of the IOC or the

Olympic movement.”

The group says it will send a ”constructive letter” to the IOC

stating its position and offering to help with a ”different

process in future.”

Wrestling’s governing body is a member of the federation group.

Wrestling is now competing with seven other sports for one opening

on the 2020 program.

The Association of National Olympic Committees also has come out

in support of wrestling’s bid to stay in the games.