TEHRAN: Arch foes Iran and the US have found some common ground in the fight to save wrestling as an Olympic sport.
US wrestling coach Zeke Jones on Tuesday called the sport an important “ambassador,” suggesting possible cooperation to fight a decision by the International Olympic Committee to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games.
“Wrestling has brought closer the people of Iran and the US,” Jones was quoted saying by the semiofficial Mehr news agency after arriving in Tehran with his team for an international tournament.
American wrestlers will compete in freestyle events later this week after the completion of Greco-Roman matches.
“I am sure the world will become united in support to wrestling and this will lead to change of the view of the OIC. It will keep wrestling in the Olympics,” said Jones...And, after all, in a world fraught with peril, that's what's really important.