U.S team declines Iranian tournament invitation


The officials of a U.S team has said that the reason U.S wrestlers declined an invitation to compete in a tournament in Iran is so that they can concentrate on next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The U.S team however revealed that the invitation was given at short notice and should have come at least three months earlier.

The invitation to the international tournament, which takes place on Dec. 18, came in spite of political tensions between the U.S and Iran.

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Wrestlers from Germany, Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, Cuba and Turkey were also invited.

Iran is increasingly using sporting diplomacy to build bridges with nations with which it has political differences.

The U.S wrestling team was invited to the 2017 World Cup in Kernmanshah, where U.S Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs was greeted with chants of `USA! USA!’ from the Iranian crowd.


Juliet Ekwebelam

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