IOC Expected to Drop Wrestling From 2020 Olympics

By STEPHEN WILSON | February 12, 2013 | 5:32 AM EST

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo Cao Zhongrong of China, left, and Ondrej Polivka of the Czech Republic compete during the fencing section of the men's modern pentathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Removing a sport from the Olympics is one of the IOC's most delicate and sensitive tasks. After months of evaluation, a decision will come next week _ and the century-old competition of modern pentathlon appears the most at risk. The IOC executive board will meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, and announce Tuesday which of the current 26 sports on the Olympic program will be dropped for the 2020 Games. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

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.