It's Back: Wrestling Rejoins the Olympics

IOC votes to reinstate it for 2020 Games

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 8, 2013 11:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Just seven months after it got dumped by the IOC, wrestling has been officially reinstated for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, reports the AP. The sport swatted away challengers for a spot at the Games with ease: Wrestling won 49 votes to 24 votes for baseball-softball and 22 for squash. "Today is the most important day in the 2,000-year history of our sport," says the president of wrestling's governing body. "We feel the weight of that history. Remaining on the Olympic program is crucial to wrestling's survival." Wrestling has been at every Games except 1900, and dates to the ancient Olympics.

Antonio Castro, right, son of Cuba's Fidel Castro and member of the World Baseball Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC), speaks during the sports' presentation during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. During the meeting members will elect a new sport choosing between wrestling, squash...
Antonio Castro, right, son of Cuba's Fidel Castro and member of the World Baseball Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC), speaks during the sports' presentation during the 125th IOC session in Buenos...   (Victor R. Caivano)
Don Porter, president of the International Softball Federation, speaks during the sports' presentation during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. During the meeting members will elect a new sport choosing between wrestling, squash and baseball, that is presenting a joint bid with softball.
Don Porter, president of the International Softball Federation, speaks during the sports' presentation during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. During the meeting...   (Victor R. Caivano)
Narayana Ramachandran of India, president of the World Squash Federation (WSF), speaks during the sports' presentation during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. During the meeting members will elect a new sport choosing between wrestling, squash and baseball, that is presenting a joint bid...
Narayana Ramachandran of India, president of the World Squash Federation (WSF), speaks during the sports' presentation during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013....   (Victor R. Caivano)
In this Aug. 10, 2012  file photo, United States' Jordan Ernest Burroughs and Puerto Rico's Francisco Daniel Soler Tanco compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, United States' Jordan Ernest Burroughs and Puerto Rico's Francisco Daniel Soler Tanco compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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