The long-awaited International Olympic Committee vote to determine whether wrestling remains an Olympic sport past the 2016 Games may be viewed online Sunday morning, the governing body for the sport in the United States reported Saturday.
According to the schedule posted at USA Wrestling's website, TheMat.com, the IOC meeting will open at 9 a.m. Buenos Aires time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern time, with a vote to determine which of three sports -- wrestling, squash, or a combined baseball-softball bid -- expected at about noon Buenos Aires time.
Wrestling fans may watch the IOC meeting online by visiting Olympic.org.
Note that all times listed are for the Buenos Aires meeting site. To figure times for where you live, subtract one hour for the Eastern time zone, subtract two hours for Central time, three hours for Mountain, and four hours for the Pacific time zone. For instance, that means the meeting begins at 8 a.m. Eastern, 5 a.m. Pacific.
After the meeting opens, the IOC president's opening remarks are slated for 9:30 a.m. Buenos Aires time. At 10:15, there will be a vote on the IOC Executive Committee proposal for 25 core Olympic sports effective with the 2020 Games, essentially an up-or-down vote on that committee's February 2013 decision to eliminate wrestling as a core sport. According to TheMat.com, it is highly expected that the entire IOC membership will approve the Executive Committee's decision from seven months ago. This is expected from FILA, the international wrestling federation (since it's rare for the entire IOC to overrule an Executive Committee decision), which has another opportunity to find its way back into the Olympic programme for 2020 and 2024 in a vote later Sunday.
At 10:30 a.m., the three sports vying for a place in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024 will make their individual presentations, starting with the baseball-softball bid... followed by squash... then wrestling at 11:30 a.m. Members of the wrestling presentation team, led by FILA president Nenad Lalovic, include 1988 Olympian and former University of Nebraska wrestler Jim Scherr, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Lisa Legrand of France, two-time Olympic medalist Carol Huyhn of Canada, and 2000 gold medalist Daniel Igali of Nigeria and Canada.
A vote to determine which of these three sports will be added to the Olympic program for the two Games after 2016 will start at noon Buenos Aires time. Approximately 100 IOC members will be casting votes at the meeting.
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