this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 file photo International Olympic
Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge speaks during a
press conference in Seoul, South Korea. IOC President
Jacques Rogge said in an interview Wednesday May 22, 2013
with The Associated Press, Olympic officials have agreed
that more targeted, out-of-competition testing is needed in
the fight against doping.
Wrestling's governing body has "reacted well" and made
the necessary changes to give the sport a chance of saving its
place in the Olympics, IOC President Jacques Rogge said.
In an interview
with The Associated Press, Rogge said FILA has dealt with the
issues that led the IOC executive board in February to remove
wrestling from the list of core sports for the 2020 Games.
they had the good answer and the good reaction," he said.
"They obviously were taken a bit by a surprise by the fact
they could leave the core group."
Rogge praised the
measures approved by FILA at its congress in Moscow last weekend,
including rule changes to make matches more compelling and the
inclusion of women and athletes in decision-making positions.
Wrestling is now
competing with seven other sports for a single spot on the 2020
program. The IOC board meets next week in St. Petersburg, Russia,
and will recommend one sport or a shortlist of sports for a vote
by the full IOC in September.
federation definitely understood the reasons why they were ousted,
and they reacted what they normally should have done," Rogge
said. "They did a good job on that, so we'll see what the
judgment is of the executive board on all of the eight sports. But
definitely, I would say that wrestling has reacted well.
not guarantee a spot in the shortlist or the single presentation.
It was at least the minimum they could do and they did it. They
have addressed the shortcomings. That was a good reaction.'"
dates back to the ancient Olympics, remains on the sports lineup
for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
seeking inclusion in 2020 are squash, wakeboarding, karate, wushu,
roller sports and a combined baseball-softball bid. They will all
make presentations to the IOC board next Wednesday in St.
have a debate whether the executive board will present one single
sport to the session or whether the executive board would prefer
to present a shortlist to the IOC session," Rogge said.
The board members
will vote by secret ballot Sept. 8 on which sport or sports to
submit to the IOC assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
There has been
widespread speculation in Olympic circles that the board will
recommend a list of three or four sports, including wrestling.
is very clear," Rogge said. "Everything will happen on
merit and respecting the rights of the federations."
The IOC decision
in February to drop wrestling led to the resignation of FILA
president Raphael Martinetti. Nenad Lalovic, who took over in an
interim capacity, was elected fulltime president at last
Saturday's congress in Moscow.
"understood there were shortcomings both in governance but
also in presentation and appeal of the sport in terms of clarity
of the rules of competition and a whole range of issues that they
had to change," Rogge said.
approved in Moscow, matches will consist of two 3-minute sessions
instead of three 2-minute periods, and scoring will be cumulative
instead of the previous two-out-of-three system. FILA also changed
its constitution to include a female vice president.
have an athletes' commission they did not have," Rogge said.
"They will have women on board the executive board which they
did not have. They will change the length of bouts to make it more
clear for the public on the counting of the points. There are also
a lot of technical rules that are going to be associated."