Greco-Roman World Cup : Iran miffed with postponement by UWW, says it is “meaningless”

By   - 26/11/2019

The postponement of the Greco-Roman world cup scheduled in Tehran, Iran from Thursday by United World Wrestling (UWW) has not gone down well with the Iran Wrestling Federation. The spokesperson of the organizers has slammed UWW for ‘meaningless decision’

“Everything is ready for an ideal hosting of the event; so I believe postponing the games is meaningless,” Hassan Rangraz said on Monday in an interview with IRIB, the leading news agency of Iran.

The news agency has further reported that the local federation is trying to present the required clues and evidence to the international body to prove the country’s stable condition and its readiness to hold the event, he added.

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Earlier the global governing body of the sport of wrestling, UWW had announced through a press release that the 2019 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Cup, which was slated to take place in Tehran on Nov. 28-29, has been postponed until further notice. The decision was made by UWW Executive Committee in Istanbul and announced by UWW on Sunday. United World Wrestling general secretary Micheal Dusson wrote a letter to concerned national federations citing concerns over the security situation in Iran as the reason behind postponing the event.

Rangraz highlighted that “we have no problem with holding the competitions regarding security and logistics. The 12,000-seater Azadi Stadium has been equipped, three high-quality hotels have been reserved, prizes in foreign currency have been provided; we were ready to hold one of the most magnificent World Cup events.”

When the announcement of the postponement came in through UWW, at that time Iranian national team was conducting a training camp. The national team of Cuba had also entered Iran and was camping in Tehran. Japan team also has reported that their team was about to fly to Tehran when just an hour before this announcement was made by UWW.

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