Simon said in an e-mail that the reason for L.A.'s loss "appeared to be strong doubts on the part of several IWF voters that their countries' athletes and officials would be able to obtain visas to enter the United States for the competition. . ."Simon said those concerns came across "quite strongly" during the question-and-answer portion of Los Angeles' presentation. The Shrine Auditorium would have been the venue, and it was believed Los Angeles was in a strong position, having previously bid for the world championships.
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