Iran BANS US Wrestlers From Freestyle World Cup

The Wrestling Freestyle World Cup is set to start February 16th in Iran this year in the western city of Kermanshah. But Iran announced on Friday that U.S wrestlers would be banned from competing in the competition

United World Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic released the following statement:

Though we had hoped for a different outcome from Iran’s Foreign Ministry, we appreciate the complex nature of this decision. We are currently working to find a solution for the Freestyle World Cup as soon as possible.

Despite the travel restrictions between their countries I’ve been encouraged this week by the cooperation and friendship of the Iranian Wrestling Federation and USA Wrestling. As we’ve seen over the years, wrestling is a sport that unites people and nations. United World Wrestling hosts a full calendar of events every season and we’re certain to see American and Iranian wrestlers on the same mat again in the very near future.