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Top wrestling events return to Iran

United World Wrestling, the sport’s global governing body, has announced that the Iranian capital of Tehran has secured the hosting rights for the 2017 Greco-Roman and freestyle World Cups.

The freestyle World Cup will move from the US city of Los Angeles, where it has taken place for the past three years. Tehran hosted the event most recently in 2013.

Several other events for 2017 were awarded by United World Wrestling’s executive committee.

The Junior World Championships will make its first trip to Finland, with Tampere staging the event, while the Cadet World Championships will be held in Athens.

The Senior European Championships will land in Belgrade, a short distance from Zrenjanin, where the 2016 European Olympic Qualifier was held in April. Nearby Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, will host the Cadet European Championships while Dortmund in Germany will stage the Junior European Championships.

The U-23 European Championships will take place in Budapest, Hungary, which hosted the 2013 Senior World Championships. Meanwhile the Veteran World Championships will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The other events to be awarded were the Cadet, Junior and Senior African Championships to Marrakech – the first time the Moroccan city has hosted all three age groups in one event – the Senior Asian Championships to New Delhi, India, and the Cadet Asian Championships head to Bangkok, Thailand.