2013 World Championships Preview: Men’s Freestyle
By William May
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Defending champions Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) and Mehdi TAGHAVI KERMANI (IRI) lead an elite group of medalists into Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena as men’s freestyle kicks off the Wrestling World Championships on September 16 in the sport’s pinnacle event of the year, eight short days after Wrestling was welcomed back into the Olympic Program.
The IOC voted to add the sport to the 2020 and 2024 Games on September 8 in Buenos, Aires, after an Executive Board decision on February 12, had recommended dropping the sport from the Games after 2016.
TAGHAVI KERMANI, world champion in 2009 and 2011, will lead off the weeklong tourney on the first day of the championships battling a host of challengers at 66kg.
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