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A group of members from the International Olympic Committee is recommending that the organization drop wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics.

According to the Executive Board of the IOC, the group agreed on the 25 sports that it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The 25 sports are: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.

That list does not include wrestling, which is overseen by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA).

If the current list is approved, wrestling will join the seven shortlisted sports – baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu – vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic program as an additional sport. 

The eight sports are scheduled to make presentations to the Executive Board at its meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, in May. The board will then select one of the sports to recommend for inclusion as an additional sport in the 2020 Games.

Shortly after the IOC made it's recommendation, a Facebook fan page to "Save Olympic Wrestling" was created.  Within two hours, the group had more than 11,000 people who had liked the page.

The page says that it "is dedicated to saving man's oldest sport from being taken out of the 2020 Olympics by the IOC. Please let your voice be heard around the world!"

In an effort to ensure the Olympic Games remain relevant to sports fans of all generations, the Olympic Programme Commission systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the Games. 

Golf and rugby were added in 2009 as additional sports to the 2016 Olympic Games.

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