Iran Bans US Wrestlers In Retaliation For US Visa Restrictions

USA's J'den Michael Tbory Cox wrestles Iran's Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani in their men's 86kg freestyle quarter-final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro

Iran bars US wrestlers from tournament after Trump Muslim ban

The report quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying the case was looked into by a special committee but that "unfortunately we were forced to take this step, based on the latest developments".

Tehran previously said it will stop US citizens from entering the country in retaliation for Trump's order to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States for a 90-day period, among other restrictions.

The Freestyle World Cup is scheduled for February 16-17 in Kermanshah, in the western part of the country.

The U.S. and Iran wrestling programs long have had a good relationship for decades, and have competed even during extremely high tensions between the countries.

Iran on Friday denied an American wrestling team visas after Donald Trump barred 7 predominantly Muslim countries for the US. After a gap of almost 20 years, USA freestyle wrestlers have been competing in the event since the 1998 Takhti Cup. Wrestling being "no place for politics" is not necessarily wrong, but this goes far beyond sport and simply "politics" and is a social and moral issue above all.

The Iranians have made 16 visits to the guests of USA Wrestling since the 1990s. Nearly like it [was] handed down from the president to us.

The good news for fourth-ranked Ohio State is that Snyder, a junior heavyweight from Maryland, will compete in dual meets against No. 13 Minnesota and No. 6 Nebraska instead of going to Iran. "We are now working to find a solution for the freestyle World Cup as soon as possible".

Iran's senior vice president Ishaq Jahangiri had alraedy said that Trump's executive order was "illegal, inhumane and against human rights". "I just don't know enough about it", he said.

The move follows Tuesday's announcement that Iran would no longer issue visas to USA citizens. The Trump administration said Thursday it is preparing to levy new sanctions on Iran in the first punitive action since the White House put Iran "on notice" after it test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday.

"Sport exchanges provide the best foundation for the United States to build a lasting partnership with the Iranian people", Baktiari said.

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