Iran will bar the American wrestling team from a major international meet this month in response to President Trump’s order severely limiting travel from several Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.
Bahram Qasemi, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, announced the ban Friday morning, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
The agency reported that the decision had been made by “a special committee, which opposed to presence of the team after necessary studies.” Mr. Qasemi said the ministry opposed the Americans’ participation because of Mr. Trump’s order.
The event, the Freestyle World Cup, is scheduled for Feb. 16-17 in Kermanshah, Iran. Held annually, it pits the best wrestlers in the world in team competition. Last year, the event was held in Los Angeles, and it is scheduled to be held in Iowa City in 2018. Iran has won the event five years in a row.
Americans and Iranians regularly wrestle in each other’s countries, with few if any problems. Wrestling is one of the most popular sports in Iran: 43 of the nation’s 69 Olympic medals have come in wrestling.
The United States and Iran worked together in 2013 to persuade the International Olympic Committee to keep wrestling in the Summer Games when it was threatened with removal.Read More...
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