The weight classes for three-time Olympic champions Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho will be cut from the program for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as part of new reforms to wrestling, it was learned Monday from a report published by the International Olympic Committee.
The report, in which Tokyo is introduced as the newly elected host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics, lists the 48, 52, 56, 61, 66 and 72 kilogram divisions, up from the current format of four weight classes in women's wrestling. The 55 kg and 63 kg categories, in which Yoshida and Icho won three consecutive Olympic titles, will not be contested in Rio.
Yoshida is expected to wrestle at 52 kg while Icho will likely move down to 61 kg. Both women have said they will have no problems dropping weight since they will be able to move easier.
Wrestling's world governing body FILA is expected to discuss the new weight class proposals at the world championships being held in Budapest, Hungary, from Sept. 16-22. One weight class in both men's freestyle and Greco-Roman will be transferred to women's freestyle, creating six weight classes in all three disciplines in Rio.
Wrestling, which was dropped from the Olympics list of core sports in Feb. 12, regained its spot on Sunday at the IOC general session in Buenos Aires, beating out a combined baseball-softball bid and squash for inclusion for a single berth in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.