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2020 Olympics - fewer wrestlers

Postby JM » Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:46 pm

On Friday, the IOC announced significant changes in participation rates for the Olympic Games in 2020. They are seeking greater interest for the younger generation and greater female participation - at the same time reducing the number of athletes. Overall the IOC is increasing 15 events with an overall reduction of 285 athletes.
Freestyle wrestling is reduced by 56 athletes - still the same # of weight classes (6 for women,6 for men). In all likelihood, the loss of the 56 spots will come from the men's participation quota.
Go to olympic.org for more information.
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Re: 2020 Olympics - fewer wrestlers

Postby Red Blades » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:54 pm

JM, what does this mean? Fewer participants means less people qualify? But then how does that get divvied up among different regions of the world?

And the 56 participant reduction - from what number currently?

Whatever the specifics are - it doesn't sound good.

Link to news release: https://www.olympic.org/news/tokyo-2020 ... ban-appeal
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Re: 2020 Olympics - fewer wrestlers

Postby JM » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:50 pm

Yep, a total of 56 fewer qualifiers.
In 2016 in Rio there were 119 qualifiers in Men's Freestyle. In 2020 there will be only 96.
Still six weight classes per each discipline.
Tougher for the USA (and others) to qualify in all weights.
Only bright light is that all wrestlers in the Olympics will have the same number of bouts. With 19-21 wrestlers qualifying per weight class, it Previously was an uneven field for those who had an extra bout, especially when there were no seeds.
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Re: 2020 Olympics - fewer wrestlers

Postby JM » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:45 pm

The qualification process for the 2016 Olympic Freestyle wrestling tournament was quite complex, imho. I don't know if UWW has made any decisions regarding the process for selecting the qualifiers for 2020. I found that Wikipedia has probably the best explanation - try searching there under '2016 Olympics Freestyle wrestling qualification process'.
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