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04/27/13

U.S. to face Iran wrestling team in Los Angeles

Source: Tehran Times

The United States and Iran wrestling teams will face in a friendly, slated for May 19 in Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in the United States. The Iranian freestyle team will leave Tehran on May 11 to participate in an exhibition match in New York's Times Square.


US wrestling team participated in the World Cup 2013 held in Tehran in February 2013

The United States Wrestling Federation has said that a dual meet will be held on May 16.

Three days later, the Iranian team will travel to Los Angeles to face the American team in another friendly.

Sports competition between the U.S. and Iran has been an example of how wrestling transcends politics and cultural differences.


Iranian President Ahmadinejadd poses with the American wrestlers in Tehran (Feb 2013)
See more photos here: Iran wins Freestyle Wrestling World Cup 2013 title

Iran has competed in wrestling in the United States 10 times in recent years, including two competitions in New York City.

The friendly will also be a major opportunity for the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement and the 2020 Vision.

The International Olympic Committee Executive Board made a recommendation that wrestling not be a core sport at the 2020 Olympic Games in February, themat.com wrote.

A final decision on the program of the 2020 Olympics will be made by the entire IOC in September.

A worldwide effort has been launched by FILA and all 177 nations which participate in wrestling to retain wrestling as an Olympic sport.

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