Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has urged the Member representing India in the IOC to take up the matter of excluding wrestling from the 25 core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games urgently with IOC Executive Board and other forums and impress IOC upon the need to reconsider its decision and retain wrestling in the category of core sports in Olympic Games. In a letter to Member, International Olympic Committee Shri Randhir Singh, the Secretary Sports Shri Pradeep Kumar Deb has said that the Government of India believes that the decision to exclude the sport of wrestling from the 25 core sports needs to be reconsidered.
The letter says wrestling, which combines freestyle (Men & Women) and Greco-roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 and has always been a core sport from the first Olympics. It was also a part of the ancient Olympics in Greece. It says this ancient sport has helped Indian grapplers make a mark and bring India on the global sporting map. India has won four medals at the Olympic Games in wrestling. Wrestling is a popular sport not only in India but also in many other countries such as United States, Russia, Iran, Uzbekistan, Mangolia, Japan, China, etc. The letter says the exclusion of the discipline from the Olympics is against tradition which is so much a part of Olympics. It will also deeply affect the sustenance of the game in the future.