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Report: Iran defends wrestling

Updated: February 14, 2013, 2:18 PM ET
Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran is looking to join wrestling's major powers to stop the elimination of the ancient sport from the 2020 Olympics.

Mohammad Aliabadi, the head of Iran's National Committee of Olympic, is quoted by Iran's official IRNA news agency on Thursday as calling the decision by the IOC executive board "very serious."

He adds, "Resorting to help of many big countries, we will block the decision."

Aliabadi, a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, did not name any ...

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