THUNDER BAY – Amateur wrestlers have life. The Canadian Olympic Committee released the following statement following the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision that sport of wrestling will be on the 2020 Olympic program. Of the original list of eight sports nominated, three sports (softball/ baseball; squash; and wrestling) were shortlisted by the IOC Executive Board in May 2013 for a final decision announced today in Buenos Aires.
Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee states, “The Canadian Olympic Committee is pleased to hear that Wrestling will remain on the Olympic program thanks, in large part, to the tireless efforts of the athletes and leaders at Wrestling Canada, all of whom have worked very hard and shown significant leadership in addressing issues within the sport and in demonstrating how important wrestling is to the Olympic Movement. Canada has a long and proud tradition of wrestling excellence and the COC looks forward to continuing to work with Wrestling Canada in order to celebrate many more Olympic podium results in the years to come. At the same time, we would also like to recognize the leadership and determination of Squash Canada, Softball Canada and Baseball Canada throughout this challenging time; it is always difficult when we do not achieve our intended goal. We look forward to celebrating our softball, baseball and squash athletes’ performances at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.”