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Wrestling wants 2 new women's weight classes

Published May 8, 2013 12:58 pm

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The acting president of wrestling's international governing body says the sport is poised to add two weight classes for women in its push to remain in the Olympics.

FILA'S Nenad Lalovic tells The Associated Press that a rules committee will recommend the move during the organization's congress in Moscow next week. If approved, it would also eliminate one weight class in both men's freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Wrestling officials would then include the change in its May 29 presentation to the IOC for provisional status in the 2020 Olympic Games.

There were seven weight classes for men's freestyle and Greco-Roman at the recent London Games and four for freestyle women. Lalovic says the six weight classes for women would fall between 50 and 74 kilograms.