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US wrestling officials cheer Olympic reinstatement

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials at USA Wrestling vow to keep improving the sport after reinstatement as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Wrestling, which was dropped from the list of core sports in February, received 49 votes Sunday to win in the first round of secret balloting by the International Olympic Committee. Baseball-softball got 24 votes and squash had 22.

Wrestling great Dan Gable says the IOC's original recommendation turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Faced with Olympic elimination, it forced wrestling to embrace the change the IOC had long demanded.

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Wrestling has been reinstated for the 2020 Olympics, seven months after losing its spot.

It beat two other sports in a vote by the International Olympic Committee.

Wrestling received 49 votes, while a combined baseball-softball bid got 24 and squash 22.


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