Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
Wrestling has been an Olympic sport since 1896, but it may be on the ropes now that the International Olympic Committee has including it on a shortlist of sports to remove for the 2020 summer games.
The IOC announced Tuesday that it would remove wrestling from its "25 core sports," along with baseball and softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu. These sports will be vying for inclusion at a meeting in May.
Bill Crum, former Olympic wrestling team manager and chairman for USA wrestling in New York state, said he was shocked and disappointed by the decision.
"I think if the public at large, I'm talking about the world wide public at large, understood what it took to be an Olympic wrestler, they would be among the most admired athletes in the entire world," Crum said. "There's no way they could see dropping this as a sport."
Crum said he doesn't expect it to hurt high school and middle school level wrestling, but it may persuade colleges to drop wrestling from their athletic programs.
The Olympic committee will make its final decision in September.