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US, Russia, and Iran: Teammates, after all

The United States, Iran, and Russia don’t agree on much, but they found common ground in a joint effort to save wrestling as an Olympic sport. On Wednesday, just a few months after the games’ governing body recommended dropping freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling from the 2020 games, the executive board of International Olympic Committee reversed course, voting to reinstate the ancient sport.

Does the successful campaign foretell a new era of cooperation? Probably not; each country had a selfish reason to keep wrestling. All three were among the top five medal-winning countries in wrestling at the 2012 London Olympics; half of all of Iran’s Olympic medals came in wrestling events. So nobody should expect the rescue of wrestling to lead to a breakthrough on, say, Syria.

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