UWW to investigate match irregularity

Alireza Karimi-Machiani (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY -- United World Wrestling has opened an investigation into irregularities surrounding the first-round match between Ali Reza Karimi (Iran) and Alikhan Zhabrailov (Russia) at the U23 World Championships in Poland. As reported in several news outlets it's believed that Karimi was directed by his coaches to lose the match in avoidance of a potential second-round opponent.

United World Wrestling's Legal and Ethics Committees will review all the facts and in the coming weeks submit their recommendations to the UWW Bureau.


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Bebe1993 (1) about 11 months ago
If the findings show this athlete did in fact throw this match, then he and his coach should receive life time bans in international events.