In 2013, the International Olympic Committee voted to remove wrestling from the Olympics, even though it had been contested at every Games since 1904. But the IOC relented after world wrestling officials promised changes to the Olympic format to make matches faster and added more weight classes for women’s wrestlers. Thus the sport returns yet again for this year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Here’s a look at the basics about wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics.

What to know

  • When is the Olympic wrestling competition?
  • Where is the Olympic wrestling competition?
  • What is the format of an Olympic wrestling match?
  • What is the difference between Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling?
  • What is the Olympic wrestling format?
  • Who are the U.S. medal favorites in wrestling?