Wrestling at the Summer Olympics

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Wrestling at the Summer Olympics
Wrestling pictogram.svg
Governing body UWW
Events18 (men: 12; women: 6)
Games

Since the Olympic Games began in Athens in 1896, wrestling (in the form of Greco-Roman wrestling) became a focus of the Games, with the exception of the 1900 Summer Olympics when wrestling did not appear on the program. Freestyle wrestling and weight classes both made their first appearance in 1904. The women's competition was introduced in 2004.

Contents

In February 2020 , the IOC voted to drop wrestling from the Summer Olympic programme, effective from 2020. The president of the sport's governing body, FILA (now United World Wrestling), resigned after a subsequent motion of no confidence, and several of the FILA leadership followed suit. Following these and revisions to the programme for 2016 (including rule changes and additional women's competitions), wrestling successfully campaigned to be readmitted to the Summer Olympic program.

Summary

GamesYearEventsBest Nation
1 1896 1Flag of the German Empire.svg  Germany
2
3 1904 7US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
4 1908 9Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
5 1912 5Flag of Russia.svg  Finland
6
7 1920 10Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
8 1924 13Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
9 1928 13Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
10 1932 14Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
11 1936 14Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
12
13
14 1948 16Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
15 1952 16Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
16 1956 16Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
17 1960 16Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
18 1964 16Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
19 1968 16Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
20 1972 20Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
GamesYearEventsBest Nation
21 1976 20Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
22 1980 20Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
23 1984 20Flag of the United States.svg  United States
24 1988 20Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
25 1992 20Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team
26 1996 20Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
27 2000 16Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
28 2004 18Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
29 2008 18Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
30 2012 18Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
31 2016 18Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
32 2020 18Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Removal and reinstatement

In an effort to control the size and costs of the Summer Olympics, and make the Games "relevant to sports fans of all generations", the IOC evaluated the Olympic event programme in place for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and voted on 25 "core" sports that would comprise the programme of the 2020 Summer Olympics (which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). [1] One vacancy was to be left open for a new sport. In February 2013, IOC members voted to remove wrestling from the Olympic programme; The New York Times cited several potential factors in the decision, including the lack of universally-known talent unlike other sports, and concern for the lack of women's competitions in wrestling (having only introduced women's freestyle competitions in 2004). FILA (now United World Wrestling), the governing body of Olympic wrestling, immediately criticized the decision. The organization cited wrestling's long-standing history as an Olympic event, which dates as far back as the ancient Olympic Games. [2] [3] [4]

The decision resulted in immediate backlash; Armen Nazaryan and Sagid Murtazaliev both returned gold medals to the IOC in protest, while Nazaryan also staged a hunger strike until the 2013 European Wrestling Championships. [5] FILA president Raphaël Martinetti resigned after a vote of non-confidence by the organization's staff. [6]

Martinetti was replaced as acting president by Nenad Lalovic. Under his leadership, the organization began to make changes to its Olympic programme for 2016, including rule changes designed to make bouts faster and encourage more aggression, as well as additional women's weight classes. These changes were intended to help improve audience interest, and address the shortcomings that likely led to the removal of the sport; wrestling joined baseball/softball, as well as squash, on a final shortlist of three sports to be included in the core Olympic programme for 2020. [2] On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC selected wrestling to be reinstated in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024. [7] [8] Lalović was largely credited for his role in the reinstatement; he remarked that "normally this is done in a few years, we did it in a few months. It was a question of our survival." [9] [10]

Events

Men

Event 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Greco-Roman light flyweight X X X X X X X 7
Greco-Roman flyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
Greco-Roman bantamweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 23
Greco-Roman featherweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 23
Greco-Roman lightweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 26
Greco-Roman welterweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 21
Greco-Roman middleweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 26
Greco-Roman light heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Greco-Roman heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 25
Greco-Roman super heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
Greco-Roman open X 1
Freestyle light flyweight X X X X X X X X 8
Freestyle flyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 15
Freestyle bantamweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 25
Freestyle featherweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 24
Freestyle lightweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 26
Freestyle welterweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 24
Freestyle middleweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 25
Freestyle light heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 18
Freestyle heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 26
Freestyle super heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
Total10795101313141416161616161620202020202020161414141212

Women

Event 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Freestyle flyweight X X X X X 5
Freestyle bantamweight X X X X X 5
Freestyle welterweight X X 2
Freestyle middleweight X X X X X 5
Freestyle light heavyweight X X 2
Freestyle heavyweight X X X X X 5
Total44466

Participating nations

The following nations have taken part in the wrestling competition. The numbers in the table indicate the number of competitors sent to that year's Olympics (X means qualified wrestlers for the next Olympics).

Nation 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan  (AFG) 78588517
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania  (ALB) 1123
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria  (ALG) 3222133389
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa  (ASA) 1113
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG) 585234333321111116
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia  (ARM) 88797867
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS) 13134415983333332911141322
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT) 821753474142575231119
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  (AZE) 89716131477
Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas  (BAH) 21
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain  (BRN) 11
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus  (BLR) 161410911887
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL) 411217131198353222311118
Flag of Bohemia.svg  Bohemia  (BOH) 442
Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia  (BOL) 11
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina  (BIH) 11
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA) 21111537
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL) 816161620202020201181312911716
Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia  (CAM) 112
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon  (CMR) 654111318
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN) 1155659424791513111314471098423
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic  (CAF) 11
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile  (CHI) 112
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN) 7118559168131110
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE) 1413
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL) 141311335310
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO) 112125
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB) 337910151513121212101213
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus  (CYP) 112
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE) 33211117
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH) 10962133354610589715
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN) 119101173555433321221119
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic  (DOM) 21114
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR) 101712985
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador  (ECU) 2112226
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt  (EGY) 124313124444105312371310820
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador  (ESA) 1113
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST) 48618443123212
Flag of the Federated States of Micronesia.svg  Federated States of Micronesia  (FSM) 11
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN) 437182413101315161014109107811127542123226
Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA) 617231351011102934552899236962225
Flag of The Gambia.svg  The Gambia  (GAM) 31
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia  (GEO) 8131210131177
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)1 114651481711109747715
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)1 53121014626166466467677111123
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)2 1523245323589451051110718321226
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam  (GUM) 11111117
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala  (GUA) 3541116
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea  (GUI) 212
Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg  Guinea-Bissau  (GBS) 11112227
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti  (HAI) 11
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras  (HON) 11
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)1 7101265121212810101318181918171189978625
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland  (ISL) 11
Olympic flag.svg  Independent Olympic Participants  (IOP) 912
Flag of India.svg  India  (IND) 2364758486876117358720
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA) 21
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI) 88129141715161011131213121115
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq  (IRQ) 1193516
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL) 114215
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel  (ISR) 212413318
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA) 168175610111451655786745426212226
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast  (CIV) 11
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN) 1175581616152020202016128131013101221
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan  (JOR) 21
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan  (KAZ) 111112161512117
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya  (KEN) 41
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan  (KGZ) 46854797
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo  (KOS) 11
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia  (LAT) 623111121110
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon  (LBN) 5462211119
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU) 132342118
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg  (LUX) 223123418
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia  (MKD) 322115
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar  (MAD) 11
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta  (MLT) 222
Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania  (MTN) 242
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius  (MRI) 11
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX) 245144129225427121118
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova  (MDA) 64222327
Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia  (MGL) 88131313974466810914
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco  (MAR) 5434554523111
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia  (NAM) 112
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED) 939864311110
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL) 112123223110
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua  (NCA) 11
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria  (NGR) 1365421247511
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK) 233434135410
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR) 19777136714135255211111224
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan  (PAK) 676222231110
Flag of Palau.svg  Palau  (PLW) 1213
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama  (PAN) 1322112219
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru  (PER) 4221511119
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines  (PHI) 111344328
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL) 24351251218142018131199948619
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal  (POR) 213433111110
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico  (PUR) 5324513219
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Republic of China  (ROC) 11
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Republic of China  (ROC) 171
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU) 57471012201920104111055825519
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS) 4112016181816178
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa  (SAM) 212
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino  (SMR) 11
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal  (SEN) 453443211122113
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia  (SRB) 21344
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro  (SCG) 11
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  (SVK) 443215
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (RSA) 1123543111111
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR) 4134138411141916151091195218
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS) 1616161616202020209
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP) 44123910231111
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE) 93413139131416110129778811108757567326
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI) 412111312512339124424211120
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria  (SYR) 221738327
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan  (TJK) 14244
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia  (TUN) 2333413841010
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR) 56111615131615161611161315131212131314921
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan  (TKM) 112
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR) 171616161311107
Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team  (EUN) 201
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) 42621814777881516161619201920202016171717141525
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA) 515143
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan  (UZB) 1011788887
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela  (VEN) 3216223799
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam  (VIE) 51124
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  Virgin Islands  (ISV) 41
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG) 11171514175
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen  (YEM) 312
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG) 25532548106109213
Nations411418192629182928363044394549413544695975556659716761
Competitors54211517015222916679200207215167338270296388331266267429370401314342344344344288
Year 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20

All-time medal table – 1896–2020

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)623123116
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)604744151
3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)37221776
4Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)30121456
5Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR)29181865
6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)28273186
7Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)26282983
8Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)20171956
9Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)16322371
10Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI)11152147
11Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)11111436
12Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB)116825
13Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU)781934
14Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)741122
15Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team  (EUN)65516
16Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)5121128
17Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)591327
18Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST)52411
19Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  (AZE)481325
20Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR)46818
21Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)46616
22Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)441018
23Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)44614
24Russian Olympic Committee flag.svg  ROC 4048
25Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)37717
26Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia  (GEO)361019
27Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)341017
28Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK)32510
29Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)25815
30Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia  (ARM)2338
31Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)2327
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt  (EGY)2327
33Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan  (UZB)2248
34Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)2226
35Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)17715
36Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan  (KAZ)151117
37Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)1539
38Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)1449
39Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)13711
40Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia  (SRB)1012
41Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus  (BLR)07714
42Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia  (MGL)04610
43Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)0369
44Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan  (KGZ)0336
45Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)0303
Flag of Russia.svg  Russian Empire  (RU1)0303
47Flag of India.svg  India  (IND)0257
48Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)0123
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon  (LIB)0123
50Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU)0112
51Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia  (LAT)0101
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)0101
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico  (PUR)0101
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  (SVK)0101
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria  (SYR)0101
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan  (TJK)0101
57Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0022
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL)0022
59Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)0011
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova  (MDA)0011
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia  (MKD)0011
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan  (PAK)0011
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino  (SMR)0011
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia  (TUN)0011
Totals (64 nations)4304294991358

All-time medal table – Greco-Roman – 1896–2020

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)34161060
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)20172158
3Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)18211958
4Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)17131141
5Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)123722
6Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR)116825
7Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)914932
8Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB)95216
9Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)72716
10Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU)681327
11Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)64919
12Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)58821
13Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)410822
14Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)47415
15Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI)4149
16Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)36615
17Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)35412
18Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team  (EUN)3339
19Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST)3148
20Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia  (ARM)2338
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt  (EGY)2338
22Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR)2327
23Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)2259
24Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)2125
25Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)2114
26Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)16411
27Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)1359
28Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia  (GEO)1348
29Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)1315
30Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  (AZE)1247
31Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan  (KAZ)1225
32Russian Olympic Committee flag.svg  ROC 1023
33Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia  (SRB)1012
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan  (UZB)1012
35Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)0437
36Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)0369
37Flag of Russia.svg  Russian Empire  (RU1)0303
38Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus  (BLR)0257
39Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)0156
40Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon  (LIB)0123
41Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU)0112
42Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan  (KGZ)0101
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia  (LAT)0101
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)0101
45Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0011
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)0011
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova  (MDA)0011
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK)0011
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)0011
Totals (49 nations)199200224623

All-time medal table – Freestyle – 1904–2016

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)543934127
2Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)28151356
3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)28141456
4Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR)1812939
5Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)189734
6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)8101028
7Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)871025
8Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)7181237
9Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI)7131636
10Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)49720
11Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)44513
12Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)37717
13Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  (AZE)35816
14Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)341017
15Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)34815
16Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK)3249
17Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team  (EUN)3227
18Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR)2349
19Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia  (GEO)22610
20Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)2259
21Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)2226
22Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB)2158
23Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST)2103
24Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan  (UZB)1225
25Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)1124
26Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)1102
27Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU)1067
28Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1012
29Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia  (MGL)0459
30Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan  (KAZ)03811
31Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus  (BLR)0314
32Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)0303
33Flag of India.svg  India  (IND)0257
34Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)0235
35Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)0213
36Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)0145
37Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)0134
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)0134
39Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)0123
40Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia  (ARM)0101
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)0101
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  (SVK)0101
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria  (SYR)0101
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan  (TJK)0101
45Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL)0022
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)0022
47Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0011
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia  (MKD)0011
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Totals (50 nations)219217252688

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Olympic sports

Olympic sports are contested in the Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games. The 2020 Summer Olympics included 33 sports; the 2022 Winter Olympics will include seven sports. Each Olympic sport is represented by an international governing body, namely an International Federation (IF).

Greco-Roman wrestling Style of amateur wrestling

Greco-Roman, Graeco-Roman, classic wrestling or French wrestling is a style of wrestling that is practised worldwide. Greco-Roman wrestling was included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been in every edition of the summer Olympics held since 1904. This style of wrestling forbids holds below the waist, which is the main feature that differentiates it from freestyle wrestling. This restriction results in an emphasis on throws, because a wrestler cannot use trips to bring an opponent to the ground or hook/grab the opponent's leg to avoid being thrown.

Amateur wrestling Widespread form of sport wrestling

Amateur wrestling is a variant of wrestling practiced in collegiate, school, or other amateur level competitions. There are two international wrestling styles performed in the Olympic Games: freestyle and Greco-Roman. Both styles are under the supervision of the United World Wrestling. A similar style, commonly called collegiate, is practiced in colleges and universities, secondary schools, middle schools, and among younger age groups in the United States. Where the style is not specified, this article refers to the international styles of competition on a mat. In February 2013, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to remove the sport from the 2020 Summer Olympics onwards. On 8 September 2013, the IOC announced that wrestling would return to the Summer Olympics in 2020. The rapid rise in the popularity of the combat sport mixed martial arts (MMA) has increased interest in amateur wrestling due to its effectiveness in the sport and it is considered a core discipline.

Freestyle wrestling Style of amateur wrestling

Freestyle wrestling is a style of martial art wrestling. Along with Greco-Roman, it is one of the two styles of wrestling contested in the Olympic Games. American high school and men's college wrestling is conducted under different rules and is termed scholastic and collegiate wrestling. American collegiate women's wrestling is conducted under freestyle rules.

Sambo (martial art) Martial art sports

Sambo is a Soviet martial art, an internationally-practised combat sport, and a recognized style of amateur wrestling included by UWW in the World Wrestling Championships along with Greco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling.

Baseball at the Summer Olympics Baseball at the Summer Olympics

Baseball at the Summer Olympics unofficially debuted at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, and was first contested as a demonstration sport at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. It became an official Olympic sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, then was played at each Olympiad through the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The sport was then dropped from the Summer Olympic program, until being revived for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo for a single appearance. It is next expected to be part of the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Ara Abrahamian Armenian-Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler

Ara Abrahamian is an Armenian-Swedish wrestler in Greco-Roman wrestling. He has won two World Championships in the 76 kg and 84 kg weight classes and a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 84 kg weight class. He also won the bronze match at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but he rejected the medal because of a controversial ruling in the semifinal. During the highly publicised medal ceremony, Abrahamian protested by placing the medal in the center of the mat and walking away. He was later disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and stripped of his rejected bronze medal for disrupting the award ceremony. This resulted in him receiving a lifetime ban from the Olympics. He was also banned from wrestling for two years by FILA, but the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in March 2009.

Armen Nazaryan Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler

Armen Nazaryan is an Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler who later represented Bulgaria. Nazaryan is a two-time Olympic Champion, a three-time World Champion, and a six-time European Champion. After Armenia regained independence in 1991, Nazaryan became the first Olympic gold medalist for the country. He was recognized by the FILA as the best wrestler of the year in 1998 and 2003. In 2007, Nazaryan was inducted as a member of the FILA Hall of Fame.

United World Wrestling Amateur wrestling governing body

United World Wrestling (UWW) is the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling; its duties include overseeing wrestling at the Olympics. It presides over international competitions for various forms of wrestling, including Greco-Roman wrestling, Freestyle wrestling, Grappling, for men and women, as well as others. The flagship event of UWW is the Wrestling World Championships. It was formerly known as the FILA, having assumed its current name in September 2014.

Wrestling competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, were held at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium from 12–21 August 2008. It was split into two disciplines, Freestyle and Greco-Roman which are further divided into different weight categories. Men competed in both disciplines whereas women only took part in the freestyle events with 18 gold medals being awarded. This was the second Olympics with women's wrestling as an event.

2024 Summer Olympics Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, to be held in Paris, France

The 2024 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad and also known as Paris 2024, are an upcoming international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024 in Paris, France. Having previously hosted in 1900 and 1924, Paris will become the second city to host the Summer Olympics three times after London. The Games will mark the centenary of the Paris Games of 1924, and the sixth Olympic Games hosted by France.

Raphaël Martinetti is a Swiss businessman and was the president of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) from 2002 to 2013. He was elected to this position in 2002, succeeding Milan Ercegan from Yugoslavia. Previously, Martinetti was head of the FILA officiating committee and served on the FILA Bureau for twenty years.

Sagid Magomedovich Murtazaliev is a Russian freestyle wrestler. Born in Makhachkala, Dagestan and of Avar descent, Murtazaliev has won gold medals in heavyweight divisions at the 1999 FILA World Championships and the 2000 Summer Olympics.

125th IOC Session

The 125th IOC Session took place at the Buenos Aires Hilton in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 7 to 10 September 2013. On 7 September, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) elected Tokyo as the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Wrestling was restored to the Olympic sports program for 2020 and 2024. Thomas Bach was elected to an eight-year term as IOC President on 10 September.

Mnatsakan Iskandaryan

Mnatsakan Iskandaryan is a former Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler who competed for the Soviet Union and Russia. Iskandaryan is an Olympic Champion, three-time World Champion, and two-time European Champion. He earned the rank Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR in 1991 and was named Honoured Coach of Russia in 2000. In 2012, Iskandaryan was inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame as the sole Greco-Roman inductee. He's the second Armenian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, after Armen Nazaryan.

Ethnosport

Ethnosport is a set of traditional styles of physical activity, methods of their preservation, and their development, as described in the ethnosport theory of Russian cultural anthropologist Alexey Kylasov.

Wrestling has deep historical roots in Armenia. Wrestling existed in the Armenian Highlands since ancient times. Armenians have their own variant of the game called Kokh. It was recorded that King Tiridates III of Armenia won the Ancient Olympic Games in wrestling in 281 AD. During the Soviet era, wrestling became one of the most practiced sports in Armenia and remained popular after Armenia's independence in 1991. Armenian athletes have been successful at international competitions in the last two decades. Many have become World and European champions, both in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Over half of the fifteen Armenian Olympic medalists and the two gold medal winners were wrestlers. The sport is overseen by the Wrestling Federation of Armenia.

Karate at the Summer Olympics Karate competition

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