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Volume 24 No. 156
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Iranian Wrestling Team Exits Promotional Tour With No Explanation

The Iranian national wrestling team "abruptly returned home" Thursday "without an official explanation" and will not compete against the U.S. Sunday at L.A. Sports Arena. The reason for the team’s departure a day after an exhibition against the U.S. in N.Y. "remains a mystery at a critical time in promoting the sport as its Olympic future hangs in the balance." The program for Sunday's “United 4 Wrestling” event has been changed to include the U.S. team facing Russia and Canada instead (INSIDESOCAL.com, 5/17).