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U.S., Iranian, Russian Wrestlers Compete In New York

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board has recommended that wrestling be dropped as a core Olympic sport. (file photo)
Wrestlers from Iran, Russia, and the United States have faced off in a New York charity event, with Iran defeating the United States 6-1 in the matches.

Thousands of spectators gathered in an arena on May 15 in Grand Central Terminal, one of the world's biggest train stations, to watch the bouts.

The competition was intended to promote wrestling after the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) executive board recommended in February that it be dropped as a core sport in the 2020 summer games.

The committee is to make a final decision in Buenos Aires in September.

On May 14, wrestling organizations from the United States, Russia, and Iran, visited the UN headquarters to call on IOC governments keep the sport in the Olympics.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP