Wrestling regains spot in Olympics, beating baseball-softball and squash
International Olympic Committee members voted to have wrestling fill the open spot on the 2020 and 2024 Summer Games program. Wrestling’s Olympic future was in jeopardy after the IOC executive board recommended in February it be dropped from the “core sports.”
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Wrestling stayed alive.
“This is the most important day in the 3,000-year history of our sport,” International Wrestling Federation President Nenad Lalovic of Serbia said.
But baseball/softball and squash, the two bidders wrestling soundly defeated Sunday to claim the one open spot on the 2020 and 2024 Summer Olympics program, might not be dead yet. One or both could be included in the 2020 Games, awarded Saturday to Tokyo. There already are proposals to cut events from some sports on the program, reducing the number of athletes — capped at 10,500 — and thus making room for at least one new sport.
It took one round of International Olympic Committee voting for wrestling to get the needed majority, with 49 votes to 24 for baseball/softball and 22 for squash.