New Delhi: Indians will have a lot at stake when the 104-member International Olympic Committee (IOC) meets in Buenos Aires on Sunday to select which of the three disciplines — among wrestling, squash and baseball/softball — will find a place in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Having spent million of dollars in campaign, the officials of the world federations of the three disciplines would be at the IOC meeting to present their case.
While the wrestling federation officials are fighting to hold on to its place in the Olympics that started in 1896, the other two disciplines are hoping to make their debut in the greatest show on earth.
Olympic icons like Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps, and Mary Lou Retton have been backing wrestling. Squash, on the other hand, has gathered support from other racket-wielding athletes like tennis greats Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Kim Clijsters.
Indian grapplers and squash players are keen to know their fate. When the IOC announced its plan to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games last year, the wrestling fraternity here raised a hue and cry, saying it would cut down India’s medal chances. Indian wrestlers have won four medals — one silver and three bronze, in the Olympics so far.
In a bid to keep their sport in the Olympics, Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt have threatened to return their medals in protest.