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At last, a ray of hope for wrestling

other Updated: May 30, 2013 00:37 IST

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Wrestling’s chances of regaining its place on the Olympic sports roster moved a step closer on Wednesday as the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee included it in a shortlist of three to be voted on in September by the wider membership.

Wrestling is one of the Olympics’ most historic sports but was surprisingly voted off the list in February by the same Executive Board.

It will compete against squash and a joint softball/baseball bid in Buenos Aires on September 8. Both softball and baseball were voted off as separate sports in 2009 and replaced by golf and rugby sevens, which will each make their debuts in 2016.

Only one sport will be added to the roster.

Squash great Nicol David, who appeared as part of the presentation team, was ecstatic at the result. “This is a great day for squash as it takes us one step closer to realising our long held ambition to join the Olympic Games,” said the seven-time women’s world champion.

“I said to the Executive Board that the one big regret in my career is that I have never had the chance to compete in the Olympic Games, but I would happily trade all my seven world titles for the chance of Olympic Gold.

"Hopefully that showed what competing in the Games means to me," added David, who will be 37 should squash win the spot for the 2020 Games.