April 20, 2014
TOKYO (AP) - Japanese wrestling gold medalist Saori Yoshida is helping to promote Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympics even though the sport may be dropped from the program.
Yoshida and Kaori Icho, both three-time Olympic wrestling champions, greeted the IOC evaluation commission on the third day of a four-day inspection of Tokyo's bid plans.
International Olympic Committee vice president Craig Reedie is leading the visit, which will be followed by trips this month to Madrid and Istanbul, the other two cities vying to host the games. The IOC will select the host city by secret ballot at its session in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7.
Yoshida and Icho are hoping wrestling will remain in the Olympics after it was dropped by the IOC last month.