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Wrestling is back in the Olympics after IOC vote

12:42 PM, Sep. 8, 2013
USA's Henry Cejudo celebrates his gold in 55 kilogram freestyle wrestling division after defeating Japan's Tomohiro Matsunaga in their gold medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Ed Wray)
USA's Henry Cejudo celebrates his gold in 55 kilogram freestyle wrestling division after defeating Japan's Tomohiro Matsunaga in their gold medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Ed Wray)
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After a seven-month exile, wrestling was welcomed back into the Olympic program with a giant bear hug Sunday. Wrestling defeated baseball/softball and squash for a spot in the 2020 Summer Games as expected.

Wrestling received a majority of the votes with 49, followed by a joint bid by baseball and softball getting 24 votes and squash with 22.

In its presentation, wrestling was quick to stake its position as a sport of the future, not the ancient past. "Wrestling is new in virtually every way," said Jim Scherr, a former wrestler and ex-CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. ...

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