Wrestling leader confident of IOC reprieve



ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — As the man leading wrestling’s charge to preserve its Olympic status, Nenad Lalovic believes he’s done what it takes.

Three months after wrestling was surprisingly dropped from the 2020 Games, Lalovic will present a new-look sport and revamped governing body to the IOC on Wednesday in a bid to keep its Olympic place.

The new president of international federation FILA says he’s confident and “we did everything we could.”

Wrestling is competing against seven other sports for a single opening on the 2020 lineup. The others are a combined baseball-softball bid, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and the Chinese martial art of wushu.