It took barely five minutes for the IOC to reverse its absurd decision to drop Wrestling from the Olympics programme seven months ago with majority of 49 votes.
After a successful fight back it now becomes an additional sport for 2020 and 2024 games.
The exclusion by the IOC executive board turned out to be FILA’s fix for the obsolete and time worn sport that on Sunday helped it win the Olympic battle against a combined baseball-softball bid who scooped 24 votes and Squash with 22. The IOC members voted for wrestling with a simple majority of votes cast in the first round.
“The crisis gave us the strength to change and find out we had a great deal to change. It’s the most valuable experience of this journey,” said FILA President Nenad Lalovic, beads of sweat forming on his forehead palpable of the short but draining scrimmage he has led his Federation to be drafted back on the Olympic family.