Wrestling will be part of Tokyo Olympics 2020, Wins IOC vote

There is good news for wrestling lovers in India. Now wrestling will be part of Tokyo Olympics 2020. Wrestling completed an unprecedented Olympic comeback on Sunday, reclaiming its spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after beating bids from rivals squash and baseball/softball in an International Olympic Committee vote. Wrestling, which featured in the ancient Olympics and in every modern Games apart from 1900, had been surprisingly taken off the Games in February as the IOC looked to refresh its sports programme. "I want to offer my sincere gratitude to each member of the International Olympic Committee that voted to save Olympic wrestling today," a delighted international wrestling federation (FILA) president Nenad Lalovic told reporters seconds after the vote.
Wrestling won 49 votes, compared with 24 for baseball/softball and 22 for squash in voting by delegates of the Olympic committee. The vote guaranteed that freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling would be contested at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2024 Olympics, which have yet to be awarded. Last February, in what was seen as a wake-up call, the 15-member executive board of the I.O.C. removed wrestling from the core sports of the Summer Games after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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