Abdulkhakim Shapiyev of Kazakhstan (R) competes with Bilel Ouechtati of Tunisia during their Men's Freestyle 74 kg Wrestling 1/8 final bout on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 10, 2012 in London, England.
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Source: International Olympic Committee drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - An official familiar with the decision says IOC leaders have dropped wrestling from the program for the 2020 Olympics.

In a surprise decision Tuesday, the offficial tells The Associated Press that the IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon and remove wrestling instead.

The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the decision hadn't been announced yet.

The IOC board reviewed the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.

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