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Will new travel ban impede Iran-US athletic competition?

Champion American wrestler Jordan Burroughs says he feels nothing but love from Iranians but “obviously, Donald Trump sees Iran a little different than I see Iran.”
Iran's Komeil Nemat Ghasemi (blue) wrestles with USA's Tervel Ivaylov Dlagnev in their men's 125kg freestyle semi-final match on August 20, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. / AFP / Jack GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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As the Trump administration readies a new executive order limiting travel to the United States for citizens of seven mostly Muslim nations, Americans who value athletic contact with Iran say the restrictions should not apply to sports exchanges.

“The White House made it clear to the Olympic movement that there were going to be exceptions made for athletes participating” in international competitions, Rich Bender, the executive director of USA Wrestling, told Al-Monitor in an interview. Bender spoke just after returning from the 2017 freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Kermanshah, Iran. 

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