Wrestling, baseball-softball and squash still have a chance for 2020 Olympics

Maggie Hendricks
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The International Olympic Committee cut down the list of eight sports hoping for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics to three in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday. Wrestling, softball and baseball in a joint bid and squash will now compete for the final spot in the 2020 Olympics that will be held in Tokyo, Madrid or Istanbul. Both the host city and the final sport will be chosen at the IOC conference in September in Buenos Aires.

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In February, wrestling learned that it hadn't made the list of core Olympic sports, forcing the ancient sport to contend with other prospective sports for a spot. Since that news dropped, wrestling supporters from the United States, Russia, Iran, and other traditional wrestling powerhouses have worked to reinvigorate the sport.

Baseball and softball were in the Olympics from 1996 to 2008, but were cut after the Beijing Olympics. Though sports like hockey and basketball have grown as professionals played the game, Major League Baseball reiterated their refusal to stop the season to let professionals play. Squash has never been an Olympic sport.

Karate, roller sports, wushu, sport climbing and wakeboarding didn't make the cut.

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