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Olympics: Wrestling reinstated for 2020

September 9, 2013

Wrestling has been reinstated as an Olympic sport for the 2020 and 2024 Games after being voted in ahead of baseball/softball and squash.

One of the original disciplines at the Ancient Olympics, the sport had been due to end its Olympic participation at Rio 2016 following its dismissal by the IOC earlier this year. But after a successful campaign received a majority of 49 votes, while a combined baseball/softball bid got 24 votes and squash 22.

For Squash this was a third failed bid. In an IOC vote back in 2005 it was the favoourite for Olympic inclusion but failed to get the required two-thirds majority. It then failed again in 2009.

“Today’s decision is heart-breaking for the millions of squash players around the world, particularly given the 10-year journey we have been on to join the Olympic Games Sports Programme,” World Squash Federation president, Narayana Ramachandran, said.

“As the only new Olympic sport on today’s shortlist, we believed squash offered something for the future and I still hope that our inclusion may be possible.”

Laura Massaro, World No.2 and England No.1:
“It is really disappointing news to hear that squash has missed out on being part of the 2020 Olympic Games. We will carry on learning from the bid process in the hope we can make Olympic status one day in the future.”

Baseball/softball first appeared in the Olympics in 1904, but only became an official sport in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, it last featured at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, was included in the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 and has been in every Games since, apart from Paris in 1900.

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