A lot of people are scratching their head today over the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop wrestling from the Summer Olympics, starting with the 2020 Games.
The sport many people believed should have been dropped, modern pentathlon, survived. How could this be? Well, this might be a clue:
Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the son of the former IOC president, is vice president of the International Modern Pentathlon Union and a member of the IOC board.
“We were considered weak in some of the scores in the program commission report but strong in others,” Samaranch told the Associated Press. “We played our cards to the best of our ability and stressed the positives. Tradition is one of our strongest assets, but we are also a multi-sport discipline that produces very complete people.”