Iranian coach Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi, right, during World Cup action. He is a 1996 Atlanta gold and 1992 Barcelona bronze medalist // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo FILA-Official.com

Iranian coach Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi, right, during World Cup action. He is a 1996 Atlanta gold and 1992 Barcelona bronze medalist // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo FILA-Official.com

Wrestling

The vexing Iran conundrum

With leadership comes responsibility.

At wrestling’s freestyle World Cup Sunday in Los Angeles, the Iranian men’s wrestling team asserted it is, once again, best in the world. Now the challenge facing it — as well as everyone connected to the sport, indeed the broader Olympic movement — is as simple and elegant as it is vexing.

Jubilant wrestling officials meet the press after Wednesday's IOC executive board vote

Jubilant wrestling officials meet the press after Wednesday's IOC executive board vote

IOC

IOC short-lists three sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The ballroom here at the Lenexpo Convention Center here was jammed. TV crews and photographers assumed their positions, cameras trained on wrestling supporters in the front row of audience seats, immediately behind the ladies and gentlemen of the press.

The tension was thick. Up on the dais, Mark Adams, the International Olympic Committee’s spokesman, started to explain that the IOC’s policy-making executive board had Wednesday afternoon decided to short-list just three sports for review this September by the all-members assembly in Buenos Aires. Everyone did quick math. Three sports in. That meant five were out. Which three?

University of Iowa wrestling coach Terry Brands talking straight on The Mighty 1630 station KCJJ // screen shot

University of Iowa wrestling coach Terry Brands talking straight on The Mighty 1630 station KCJJ // screen shot

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Straight talk about wrestling’s future

Finally — some straight talk about why the International Olympic Committee moved to kick wrestling out of the Summer Games in 2020, and  what to do about it.

All you have to do, it seems, is tune in to radio station KCJJ, “The Mighty 1630,” in Coralville, Iowa.