International Wrestling

UWW Confirms Senior World Championships Dec. 12-20


photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (October 12) – The United World Wrestling bureau today approved existing plans to host the 2020 Senior Wrestling World Championships December 12-20 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The committee approved the championships after receiving commitments from more than 70-percent of National Federations, a participation hurdle it had set for itself last month. The bureau will meet November 6th to discuss any changes to the event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and it’s impact on participation.

“We are cautiously optimistic about wrestling’s return in December,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad LALOVIC. “The safety of our athletes, coaches, and staff is our top priority and we will be taking every measure to ensure that happens in Belgrade.”

The Junior Wrestling World Championships, originally scheduled for the week prior, were cancelled after feedback from the national federations indicated concerns about the number of participants able to attend.

The Congress, originally scheduled for the same week, will be discussed in the coming weeks as more information is made available from national federations.

Takeaways from this release:

The Junior World Championships will not be held. They were supposed to be held the week before the Senior event.

It’s unclear if the United States will participate.

If the US were to participate, there are plenty of logistical hurdles which will need to be addressed. How is the team chosen? If we have a World Team Trials, when and where is it? Who could qualify?

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