Yoshida unsure about FILA position

Kyodo

Three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida said Monday she is not ready to consider whether to join the world wrestling governing body’s female committee that will be formed as the organization is fighting to maintain the sport’s Olympic status for the 2020 Summer Games.

“I cannot think of it yet as I am still an active athlete,” Yoshida, who won her third consecutive 55-kg Olympic gold in London last summer, said at a promotional event held at the Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau.

The wrestling body, known as FILA, on Sunday named Yoshida as a candidate to sit on the female committee.

Yoshida also said she will prepare herself for FILA’s presentation at an International Olympic Committee meeting in May in which she is expected to take part along with three-time Olympic champion Alexander Karelin of Russia.

Wrestling is among eight sports that will apply for inclusion in 2020 after a surprise decision by IOC executives earlier this month to drop wrestling from the list of core sports.