Wrestling legend Dan Gable and his grandchildren react after the International Olympic Committee voted, in a meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to reinstate wrestling for the 2020 Olympics, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Iowa City Press-Citizen, David Scrivner) NO SALES
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Wrestling, a sport as ancient as the games themselves, is back in the Olympics after seven months in limbo and even more determined to keep its place for centuries to come.
The International Olympic Committee fixed what it admits was a big mistake Sunday, voting wrestling back onto the program for the 2020 and 2024 Games.
Presenting new leadership and a revamped sport, wrestling easily defeated bids from baseball-softball and squash to regain its Olympic status.
The result capped a frantic six-month campaign by the wrestling body FILA to save its Olympic status after the IOC executive board surprisingly cut it from the list of core sports in February.
“We are aware of our mistakes and they will not happen again,” FILA President Nenad Lalovic said. “This crisis gave us the strength to change and we finally found out that we can change. This was the most valuable experience of all of this journey.”
Wrestling received 49 votes to win in the first round of the secret balloting by the International Olympic Committee. Baseball-softball got 24 votes and squash 22.
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