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Teenage Wrestlers from Around the World Ready for Youth Olympic Games

By Bob Condron, FILA

NANJING, China (August 24) – Wrestlers from across six continents have gathered this week in eastern China to kickoff the wrestling programme of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games.

The tournament, highlighted by an impressive six cadet world champions, will be competed in men’s freestyle, female wrestling and Greco-Roman and includes a total of 111 wrestlers from 46 countries.

“We are excited to have our young athletes participate in the Youth Olympic Games,” said FILA president Nenad Lalovic. “The YOG is an important way to introduce our young athletes to the ideals of the Olympic Games and we hope that our wrestlers enjoy the competition and their first Olympic experience.”

The Youth Olympic Games, which were first held in 2010 in Singapore, are aimed at affording developing athletes the chance at Olympic experience while also providing them workshops on nutrition, injury management and life skills.

On the mat, the YOG wrestling event will feature more than a dozen medalists from the 2014 FILA Cadet Wrestling World Championships held last month in Humenne, Slovakia.

Russia’s Arslan ZUBAIROV highlights the Greco-Roman portion of the competition as he looks to defend his 58kg cadet world title Monday in Nanjing. Bronze medalist Dadov ISLAMBEK (AZE) will be competing at 69kg along with Robert MANVILLE (USA) who won a cadet world title in freestyle, but is competing in Greco-Roman.

The female wrestling competition will have a trio of Cadet world title holders hoping to stake their claim to a golden YOG. Two-time cadet champion Olena KREMZER (UKR) will look to defend against a packed field at 52kg, including cadet world silver medalist Leyla GURBANOVA (AZE). Grace Jacob BULLEN (NOR) will face a similar challenge as she seeks to defend her 60kg her title against orld silver medalist Koumba Selene LARROQUE (FRA). Germany’s Nicole AMANN will also want to keep an eye out for familiar opponent Natalia STRZALKA of Poland who she bested in the 70kg finals last month.

Men’s freestyle will be lead by the Teymur MAMMADOV (AZE) who was brilliant in Slovakia and will wrestle to defend his 63kg gold medal. The freestyle big men are also showing up in force for the YOG, with cadet bronze medalist Dmitri CEACUSTA leading the charge at 100kg and Japan’s Yajuro YAMASAKI (JPN) wrestling to improve upon on his 76kg bronze medal performance.

Competition at the Longjiang Gymnasium begins Monday, August 25 with Greco-Roman, followed by female wrestling and men’s freestyle on succeeding days. Live updates and streaming information can be found at FILA-Wrestling.com.

Sunday, August 24

16:30-18:15 Medical & Weigh-in, Greco-Roman

Monday, August 25

10:00-13:00 Qualification & Repechage Rounds, Greco-Roman

16:30-18:15 Medical & Weigh-in, Female Wrestling

17:00-20:00 Finals & Awards Ceremonies, Greco-Roman

Tuesday, August 26

10:00-13:00 Qualification & Repechage Rounds, Female Wrestling

16:30-18:15 Medical & Weigh-in, Men’s Freestyle

17:00-20:00 Finals & Awards Ceremonies, Female Wrestling

Wednesday, August 27

10:00-13:00 Qualification & Repechage Rounds, Men’s Freestyle

17:00-20:00 Finals & Awards Ceremonies, Men’s Freestyle 

About FILA

FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, is the global governing body of the sport of wrestling. It works to promote the sport and facilitate the activities of its 177 national federations from around the world. It is based in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

To learn more about FILA visit its official website, http://www.fila-official.com/; Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/fila.official, or Twitter handle, @FILA_Official.  For more information please contact FILA at 41.21 312 84 26 or Bob Condron, Press Officer, condron@fila-wrestling.com  or rscondron@yahoo.com.  Tim Foley, FILA’s Manager of Social Media will be onsite at the Youth Olympic Games.  He can be reached attrfoley@gmail.com.  Also see the press release on www.fila-official.com.

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