BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Wrestling has been included in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games in a secret ballot by the International Olympic Committee on Sunday.
Wrestling won back its spot in the Olympic program after beating bids from squash and baseball/softball, garnering 49 votes out of 95.
Wrestling, which featured in the ancient Olympics and in every modern Games apart from 1900, had been surprisingly taken off the Games in February.
Baseball/softball, not on the program since 2008, got 24 votes, while squash, which has never featured in the Olympics, had 22.
Earlier in the day, the IOC approved the 25 core sports at Summer Games with a 77-16 majority.
"Thank you for this opportunity of saving our sport," wrestling federation FILA president Nenad Lalovic told the IOC.
"This is the most important day in our 3,000-year history. Remaining in the Olympics is crucial for wrestling's survival."
FILA has made extraordinary progress since being provisionally dropped by the IOC, changing its leadership, making the management more democratic and transparent and revising competition rules.
"We made mistakes and admitted to them," Lalovic said while answering the questions from IOC members after the 20-minute presentation.