Wrestling voted back in

Wrestling voted back in
From front left, Japanese wrestlers Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho react Monday in Kita Ward, Tokyo, to hearing that wrestling will remain an Olympic sport.

BUENOS AIRES - The International Olympic Committee decided Sunday that wrestling will be part of the 2020 Summer Games to be held in Tokyo.

The IOC apparently valued efforts by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) to reform the sport so matches will be easier for spectators to understand and to include female members on its board. In a meeting in February, the IOC Executive Board removed wrestling from the list of core sports at the 2020 Olympics, but Sunday's decision restored wrestling to the Games' lineup.

Sunday's vote, held at a general meeting of the IOC, involved 95 committee members. Wrestling garnered a majority of 49 ballots in the first round. Baseball/softball got 24 votes despite officials' efforts to return the sport to the Olympic programme for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Games.

Squash, which would have entered the Olympic programme for the first time, garnered 22 ballots.

FILA President Nenad Lalovic said: "I want to offer my sincere gratitude to each member of the International Olympic Committee that voted to save Olympic wrestling today. I assure each of you that our modernization will not stop now."

There will be 28 sports at the 2020 Tokyo Games. In addition to the 26 sports seen at the London Olympics, the Tokyo Games will host rugby sevens and golf, which will be added to the lineup from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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