US wrestlers to hit mat in Iran

TEHRAN - A group of US athletes is in Iran for a wrestling event this week in a rare sporting encounter - coinciding with speculation of a possible thaw in relations between the two countries.

Iran's official IRNA news agency said seven US wrestlers would take part in the two-day international competition, starting in Tehran's Azadi sports complex today.

Even though Tehran and Washington have been bitter foes since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, which was followed by the US cutting diplomatic ties in 1980, they have at times put aside their differences in the arena of sports. - Reuters