BUENOS AIRES - Wrestling, as expected, regained its place on the Olympic Games sports roster after a vote by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Buenos Aires yesterday.
Wrestling, which is one of the rare sports to have transcended the ancient and modern Olympics, won in the first round of voting with 49 of the 95 votes cast.
The joint bid of baseball/softball was second with 24 votes and squash received 22.
The result means wrestling is assured of appearing at the 2020 Games — to be hosted by Tokyo — and in 2024.
It marks a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for wrestling which was dropped from the Olympic program in February by the 15-person IOC Executive Board but which provoked an unprecedented backlash.
The same board then gave it a second chance when they put it on the three-sport shortlist — after presentations by eight sports at the end of May — to be considered by the entire IOC membership in Buenos Aires.