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Wrestling voted back for 2020 and 2024 Olympics Games

Sep 9, 2013 17:54 IST

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 8 September 2013 announced that wrestling to be the part of Olympics in the 2020 and 2024 Games. Wrestling was approved by the IOC on Sunday as an additional sport for 2020 and 2024.

Wrestling a sport as ancient as the games themselves is back in the Olympics after seven months. It was dropped by the IOC executive board in February 2013.

Wrestling got the majority of 49 votes in a secret ballot among 95 member of the International committee. Wrestling easily defeated bids from baseball/softball and squash to regain its Olympic status. The joint bid of baseball/softball was second with 24 votes and squash received 22.

The IOC approved the 25 core sports at Summer Games with a 77-16 majority. Rugby sevens (made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15) and golf will be added in 2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). With wrestling being back to Olympics the total number of sports in the world’s biggest sports fair will have go up to 28 sports in the list.

The announcement came after six months campaign by Wrestling body International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) to keep Olympic status.

About IOC
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was created by Pierre, Baron de Coubertin on 23 June 1894. It was located in Lausanne, Switzerland. It consists of 100 active members, 33 honorary members and 1 honour member. The IOC organizes the modern Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, which are held in summer and winter after every four years, respectively.

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