POSTED: May 29th 2013

And now there are three for possible inclusion in the 2020 Olympics

IOC President Dr Rogge was pleased at the outcome / IOC Richard Juillet
IOC President Dr Rogge was pleased at the outcome / IOC Richard Juillet

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Wrestling, squash and baseball/softball were shortlisted for inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games on Wednesday at the SportAccord Convention after the International Olympic Committee reduced the list of applicant sports from eight to three.

The IOC cut karate, roller sports, sports climbing, wakeboarding and wushu during its executive board meeting at SportAccord Convention in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to leave the three remaining bidders to fight it out for one available spot on the Olympic programme.

Wrestling was the first of the sports to secure its place in the secret vote, which will take place at the IOC’s 125th session from September 7-10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by winning the opening ballot with eight of the executive board’s 14 votes.

The announcement represents a partial reprieve for the sport, which was controversially axed from the Olympics’ core programme of sports in February, but now has the opportunity to win its place back.

“While our place in the Olympic Games is still not guaranteed, this decision recognises the great lengths to which we are going to reform our sport and address the IOC's concerns,” Nenad Lalovic, the new president of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, said.

“We recognise that there is still a long road ahead but we will continue to work to preserve our place in the Olympic Games.”

Baseball and softball decided to link up for a joint bid after both were dropped from the programme for the London 2012 Olympics and then subsequently missed out on being added to the Rio 2016 Games programme.

Riccardo Fraccari, the co-president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, added: “We are humbled and honoured. The decision motivates us to work even harder on behalf of the athletes."

Squash has never taken place at the Olympics, despite two previous attempts. World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran called the news “a huge milestone”.

He added: “It was important that our presentation communicated the scale and breadth of innovations that squash has introduced over the last few years, in particular in key areas such as broadcasting, and I believe we did that. “

All eight of the applicant sports gave 20-minute presentations to the IOC executive board, before taking questions.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said that his colleagues on the executive board had made a “good decision” in selecting the three sports to progress to the final vote in September.

Rugby sevens and golf will join 25 other core sports on the programme for the 2016 Rio Games.

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