Wrestling regained its spot in the Olympic programme after a vote by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members here.
In a secret ballot, wrestling received a majority of 49 votes while the joint bid of baseball/softball got 24 votes and squash received 22 votes.
"In the latest step in the process of evaluating and refining the Olympic Programme, the sport of wrestling was elected today as an additional sport for the Summer Olympic Games of 2020 and 2024," the IOC website said.
"The decision was made at the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after the full membership of the IOC agreed on the 25 sports that will form the core for the 2020 Games, awarded yesterday to the city of Tokyo," it said.
"The Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) made a presentation to the Session, along with the International Federations of baseball/softball (WBSC) and squash (WSF), all shortlisted by the IOC Executive Board in May following an extensive evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission. The IOC members voted for wrestling with a simple majority of votes cast in the first round," it said.
The Executive Board (EB) of the IOC at its meeting held in February recommended that wrestling, which is governed by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling (FILA), not be included in the list of core sports for the 2020 Olympics.
--IBNS (Posted on 09-09-2013)