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Iran, US main competitors in Takhti Cup contests, says official

Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan Prov, Dec 27, IRNA-The main competitions of the International Free Style Wrestling Contests of Takhti Cup will be held between the Iranian and US teams, said a senior wrestling official Tuesday.

The International Free Style Contests of Takhti Cup will be held in this southern port city on January 18-19.

Head of the Iranian Wrestling Federation Mohammad-Reza Yazdani-Khorram further told IRNA the US wrestlers will try to make up for their failures in the 2006 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Guangzhou, China.

The Iranian wrestlers beat four US rivals in the Guangzhou championship.

Iran ranked second at the Guangzhou championships as it took one gold, one silver, and two bronzes, winning 44 points.

In order to make up for their defeats, the US is to attend the Takhti Cup competitions with full squad, Yazdani-Khorram added.

The 14-strong US team is the first foreign team accepting the federation's invitation to attend the competitions, he said.

Wrestling teams from 14 countries including the United States, Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Daghestan, Armenia, Poland, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Republic of Azerbaijan are scheduled to attend the contests, Yazdani-Khorram announced.

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