FILA approves new rules to keep wrestling in games

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Freestyle wrestlers Mehdi Taghavi Kermani, left, from Iran, and Kellen Russell from Ann Harbor, Mich., compete at an international wrestling exhibition at Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in New York. Kermani won the bout. The event dubbed "The Rumble on the Rails" marked the fourth straight year a New York City landmark was transformed into a wrestling meet to raise money for charity, with the last two in Times Square. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

MOSCOW (AP) — Wrestling's governing body has approved new rule and constitutional changes aimed at modernizing the sport and keeping it in the Olympics after 2016.

A special congress Saturday of the federation, known by the acronym FILA, decreed there will be a mandatory women's vice-presidency role.

The new rules will ensure matches are made up out of two three-minute sessions instead of three two-minute periods. Scoring will become cumulative instead of the previous two-out-of-three system.

The changes come after the International Olympic Committee removed wrestling as one of the core sports of the games in February. It is now one of eight sports that will be competing for an open slot at the 2020 Games. That decision will be made by the IOC in September.