Wrestling wins IOC vote for place in 2020 Olympics

10:02 AM, Sep 8, 2013   |    comments
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Wrestling has been reinstated for the 2020 Olympics, seven months after losing its spot.

It beat two other sports in a vote by the International Olympic Committee.

Wrestling, which was dropped from the list of core sports in February, received 49 votes Sunday to win in the first round of secret balloting by the International Olympic Committee. Baseball-softball got 24 votes and squash had 22.

Officials at USA Wrestling vow to keep improving the sport after reinstatement for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Wrestling great Dan Gable says the IOC's original recommendation turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Faced with Olympic elimination, it forced wrestling to embrace the change the IOC had long demanded.

"Wrestling is an incredible sport loved by many Minnesotans, including myself, and one whose athletes deserve the opportunity to participate at the peak level of Olympic competition," said Sen. Al Franken, who wrestled in high school. "I'm so pleased that the requests made to the IOC, including my own, to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport didn't fall on deaf ears. I'm glad that young wrestlers in Minnesota and across the world will still get to dream about one day competing in the Olympics."

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