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Wrestling aims to get house in order with “extraordinary” congress in Moscow

May 2, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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In what’s already being called one of the most important meetings in the history of the sport, the federation for international wrestling will hold an “extraordinary” congress in Moscow later this month to figure out how they can retain their spot on the Olympic schedule in 2020.

FILA sent invites to 177 countries for the May 18 meeting, where officials will discuss changes including new competition rules, putting women in leadership roles, and increased athlete involvement in organizational matters.

“Although the IOC’s decision was a clear disappointment to the wrestling world, we very much understand it is our responsibility to get our house in order,” acting President Nenad Lalovic said back in March, adding that they “in no way blame the IOC for our predicament and will view its decision as an opportunity to improve our sport and to help strengthen the Olympic Movement.”

Lalovic, who took power after Raphael Martinetti resigned following wrestling’s recommended removal from the Olympics, is expected to be officially elected as president through 2014 at the meeting.