Monday, September 09, 2013

Wrestling Chosen, Squash And Baseball/Softball Fail In Their Bid For 2020 Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 (Bernama) -- Wrestling has regained its place in the Olympic Games after a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday.

According to the IOC official website, www.olympic.org, the sport won in the first round of voting with 49 of the 95 votes cast, while baseball/softball and squash received 24 and 22 votes respectively.

As a result, wrestling would appear in the 2020 and 2024 summer Olympics.

Squash failed in their third attempt to get into the Olympics programme after failed efforts at the 2005 and 2009 IOC sessions.

During the 125th IOC session earlier, the full IOC membership had agreed on the 25 sports that would form the core sports for the 2020 summer Olympic Games.

The 25 sports are athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, aquatics, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.

At its session on Saturday, Japan's capital city Tokyo was elected as the host city of the 2020 edition.

-- BERNAMA

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