You are clearly showing a lack of flexibility and a bias against Iranian athletes. My suggestion is the fairest method of solving this issue. the Iranian wrestlers are the biggest victim of this policy but you are treating them like they're criminals. I think this show naivety and bias.
Actually you're wrong, your cultural beliefs emphasise punishing an innocent party because you have some bias against that group of people. My beliefs are flexible and fair.
Wrestling is on the Olympic chopping block because of economic reasons not because it isn't growing enough. However with the growth of Bric economies and the next 11 (which includes Iran) the nations that like wrestling will become economically and politically more powerful and this sport will not be threatened. There is almost no opportunity to grow wrestling in non-wrestling countries except due to demographic changes; so you should forget about this idea unless you intend to replace western Europe with Muslim people (I am sure a favourite theory for people like you exists somewhere in there).
I think Hockey should change the names on the t-shirts to Farsi so that an Iranian audience can better understand who is playing. I mean this is as ridiculous as barring Iran from hosting the World Championships.
Wrestling should be suited for the international community, but this includes areas of the world where you may need to have some cultural flexibility. There should be greater control by nations who have the biggest interest in the sport.
Iran will not likely amend its policy there have much more at stake than a wrestling match. You are being ridiculous. This is just bullying and racism, something that you clearly support. Due to the importance, popularity and history of Iran in the sport of wrestling it should be given leeway on this issue and Fila should ignore a bunch of people who couldn't care less about this sport they just want a political confrontation. Iran is the home of wrestling, but instead countries who don't care about this sport are being listened to for the sole reason they are of White European Ancestry. This is why Denamrk hosts the world championships but Iran doesn't.
It happened once in past, almost 30 years ago in 1983 World Championship and in Greco-Roman tournament, after that they sent the whole team (and the freestyle team before the start of freestyle competition) to Tehran and the rest didn't wrestle at all !
I cannot even imagine "they" would be interested to change any views. I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories but I think the new rule has been introduced not to reduce political views but to eliminate the Iranian wrestlers as opponents, especially when competing for Olympic medals. I can recall that after the withdrawal of 2 Iranian GR wrestlers at the 2011 worlds, Fila president Martinetti was put under pressure by functionaries from the national federations of some post-soviet states. They wanted a disqualification for the whole Iranian GR team. I am 100% sure they didn't care about the Israeli-Iranian issue at all, let alone about ethical or political issues in general. What they wanted in September - that is what we see now as rule.
I also find it very interesting your comments about the Greco-Roman wrestling. I have noticed that Iran is becoming the dominant nation in this discipline and it is likely that the Russians don't like it. I do re-call that in the past the brackets were changed to move an Iranian (gold favourite) into the same bracket as an Israeli after Iran performed very well in a few other weight classes.
You do not know me, nor my political stances (or lack thereof to be honest), so calling me racist is insane.
I simply cannot condone or agree with a government that will not allow it's citizens to compete because of a political policy. Nor do I think it is FILA's obligation to make changes for them.
thanks as usual
This is a very serious decision, One wrestler is OK, bad but still OK but disqualification of the whole team ...
I hope this leads to a change of policy for Iran. I know it's highly unlikely but still not completely impossible. Yazdani-Khorram was the first person who tried to change this, first after 2010 World Champs (Nematpour's draw) and then again last year, I don't like him at all but at least he has brain unlike most of the officials in Iran. he believed that someone manipulated the draw to hurt the Iranian Greco team. Yazdani-Khorram was an influential person but now he is gone and the new IAWF president is just a puppet.