Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 5/30/13
Earlier this year the International Olympic Committee announced that it would be dropping wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics program. Yesterday the IOC revealed that the one of the candidates to replace wrestling in the Games of the XXXII Olympiad is, well, wrestling. American wrestler Jordan Burroughs celebrates after winning gold at the 2012 Games in London. (Photo by Orestis Panagiotou / EPA) The IOC selected wrestling, baseball and softball, and squash as candidates to fill the final slot in the 2020 program. Wrestling was part of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and has been a part of every games since 1904, but its Olympic history dates back to the eighth century, B.C. Baseball made intermittent Olympic appearances between 1904 and 1964. It was an exhibition sport in 1984 and 1988 and became a part of the official program in 1992. Softball joined on in 1996. In 2005 the IOC voted to remove baseball and softball after the 2008 Olympics, making room for golf and rugby sevens,
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