Sports

Squash pushes bid for Olympic
inclusion

The head of squash's governing body doesn't consider wrestling a "big threat" as eight sports fight for a single place on the program of the 2020 Olympics.

World Squash President N. Ramachandran told The Associated Press on Friday he is confident his sport can win its bid for inclusion despite the high-profile support wrestling has received since being cut from the list of core sports last month by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board.

"Everybody knew one sport was going to get dropped," Ramachandran said.

Wrestling's exclusion triggered a backlash around the world, with officials in the United States, Russia, Iran and other countries now leading a push to bring the sport back.

Squash and wrestling are among the sports that will make presentations to the IOC board on May 29 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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