The International Olympics Committee (IOC) had on February 14 contemplated dropping wresting from the 2020 edition of the Games and replacing it with either Squash or Baseball/Softball.
However, on September 8, at the 125th meeting of the committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a decision was taken to retain wrestling as an Olympic game.
When the issue was put to vote, after representatives of the affected sports made one final 20-minute sales pitch, wrestling obtained 49 votes, baseball/softball got 24 and squash 22.
In separate interviews in Lagos, the stakeholders rued the omission of squash as one of the games to be competed in at the Olympics.
Adamu Erena, President, Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) described the ruling out of squash in the 2020 Olympics as “sad”.
“It’s saddening. We felt that this was the opportunity for squash to get into the Olympics, only for our hopes to be dashed.
“However, this will not slow down our pace of development of the sport to attain more popularity and for it to be accorded the recognition that it deserves.