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September 8, 2013

International Olympics Committee reinstates wrestling to 2020 Games


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina —

"We would be a partner you can trust," he said. "Squash has never been in the Olympic Games. And we know what a great honor it would be for squash to join the sport program and add something new to Olympic experience."
The whole process has been controversial. Wrestling's return means no new sport will make the 2020 program, defeating the original intention.
Earlier Sunday, the IOC rejected a proposal by Canadian member Dick Pound to postpone a decision for five months to allow a new sport to get in.
"It seems to me the result of the exercise to date has been to remove wrestling, which is one of the truly traditional Olympic sports in the program, but then to add it back on to a list of possible new sports," Pound said. "That seems to me to be somewhat self-contradictory.
"My sense is there's a very strong feeling that wrestling should be retained. If that is expressed by the session then we're back to where we started. There's been no new sport added to the program."
Pound suggested the IOC board should propose a new list at the next meeting in February on the eve of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
IOC President Jacques Rogge defended the process, saying members had agreed unanimously — "I repeat unanimously" — to the system in 2007.
"We should act now," Rogge said. "I think we should respect our own decision."
The IOC members then approved the list of 25 core sports to allow the vote to go ahead.

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