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MOSCOW, September 8 /TASS/. The United States will not get the right to host any major international tournaments in future, Mikhail Mamiashvili told TASS on Monday after the U.S. had denied him an entry visa without any explanations.
Mamiashvili was supposed to go to Las Vegas from September 7 to 12 to attend the world championships in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, the main qualifying tournaments for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"I believe that the United World Wrestling (UWW) is going to ban the United States from hosting any event of this level in future," Mamiashivli, who is the UWW vice-president, said when asked if he had the support of UWW President Nenad Lalovic.
Mamiashvili said that members of the Russian delegation kept him informed of what was happening in the Russian national team. "I get in touch with them every 30 or 90 minutes despite the time difference. They have a finger on the pulse. I think that this situation has united and inspired them even more," he said.
Last Sunday, the Russian Foreign Ministry promised to study the situation related to the U.S. denial of visa to Mamiashvili.
The leadership of the U.S. National Olympic Committee, including its Executive Director Scott Blackman, tried to help Mamiashvili to obtain his U.S. visa, but their efforts were useless, UWW President Nenad Lalovic (Serbia) told TASS.
"We hoped for the favourable outcome till the last minute," Lalovic said.
He added that the wrestling world was disappointed by the U.S. decision to deny the entry visa to Mamiashvili, who is the head of the UWW Refereeing Commission.
"I would like to assure you that there will be no refereeing problems in his absence," Lalovic told TASS noting the UWW would have the final say in case of any disputes.