02/12/2013 05:53 EST | Updated 04/14/2013 05:12 EDT

AP source: IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympic program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - An official familiar with the decision says IOC leaders have dropped wrestling from the program for the 2020 Olympics.

In a surprise decision today, the official tells The Associated Press that the IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon and remove wrestling instead.

The official spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the decision hadn't been announced yet.

The IOC board reviewed the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.

Canada has collected two gold medals in Olympic freestyle wrestling: Daniel Igali at the Sydney Games in 2000 and Carol Huynh in Beijing in 2008.

Huynh, of New Hazelton, B.C., also won a bronze medal at the 2012 Games in London while Tonya Verbeek of Thorold, Ont., collected a silver in London.

Verbeek earlier won a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008 and a silver at the 2004 Games in Athens.

_ With files from The Canadian Press.