News ID: 189446
Published: 0743 GMT March 15, 2017

GR World Cup to kick off in southwestern Iran today

GR World Cup to kick off in southwestern Iran today
Russia’s Roman Vlasov

The Greco-Roman Wrestling World Cup 2017 will start in Iran's Persian Gulf city of Abadan, Khuzestan Province, today.

Russia, which has been drawn in Group A along with Iran, Kazakhstan and Germany, will take part in the prestigious event with world and Olympic Games medalists, seeking to overturn three years of runner-up finishes and hoist the Greco-Roman World Cup for the first time since 2013, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Despite all the firepower, today [in the evening’s session] Russia can expect a stiff challenge in the preliminary rounds from defending champion Iran, even though Rio 2016 bronze medalist Saeid Abdevali (75kg) is the lone Olympian on the Iranian roster.

Group B consists of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Belarus and Ukraine.

Wrestling World Cup is an international wrestling competition among teams representing member nations of the United World Wrestling (UWW) the sport's global governing body.

The championships have been conducted every year since the 1973 tournament. The World Cup began as a dual-meet competition for the top teams on each continent, but now features the top teams in the rankings of the previous year's world championships.




Thursday, March 16

9:00-12:00 – Session 1

Group A – Russia vs. Kazakhstan, Iran vs. Germany

Group B – Azerbaijan vs. Turkey, Belarus vs. Ukraine


17:20-18:00 – Opening Ceremony

18:00-20:00 – Session 2

Group A – Russia vs. Iran, Kazakhstan vs. Germany

Group B – Azerbaijan vs. Belarus, Turkey vs. Ukraine


Friday, March 17

9:15-11:45 – Session 3

Group A – Russia vs. Germany, Kazakhstan vs. Iran

Group B – Azerbaijan vs. Ukraine, Turkey vs. Belarus


11:45-13:00 – Finals for 7th-8th place and 5th-6th place

16:45-18:00 – Final for 3rd-4th Place


18:00-19:30 – Championship final and award ceremonies

Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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