New Delhi: 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt says he is positive that wrestling will make it back to the 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dropped the event earlier on Tuesday.
Speaking to CNN-IBN , Dutt said, "I don't think wrestling will be dropped just like that, it is a very ancient game and is played the world over. I am positive that it will be taken back for the 2020 event."
The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the IOC to add a new sport to the program later this year and the toss-up was apparently between wrestling, modern pentathlon and taekwondo.
"The news is definitely a very disappointing one but wrestling has a better fan following as compared to the other two games. It is a shocking development because we as wrestlers look forward to the Olympic event and hope to win medal for the country. We got two out six medals in the last Olympics so dropping wrestling will be a setback for us", said the 31-year-old wrestler.
"Every player has a target in their mind. All the smaller tournaments we compete in are aimed for the Olympics and Olympics are our ultimate focus. So without Olympics we have nothing," added Dutt.
Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion in 2020. These other seven games are baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu.