POSTED: November 17th 2008

Wrestling plus for Sochi

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SOCHI: A world-class wrestling training complex has been opened in Sochi. It has a capacity for 10 teams to train simultaneously and has been named after the three-times Olympic Greco-Roman champion Alexander Karelin.

The opening ceremony of the Karelin Center was attended by the Sochi 2014 president and ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko, State Duma deputy and Olympic gymnastics champion Svetlana Khorkina, chairman of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture and Sport and Olympic figure skating champion Anton Sikharulidze as well as representatives of various other Russian sports federations.

Chernyshenko said: “The opening of this new sports training complex is perfect proof that Sochi is becoming one of the main sports centers in Russia. Children from all over the country will be able to train here. 

"The fact that construction of the center was funded by private investors demonstrates the attractiveness of Sochi to private investment.”

The centre – which is certified by the International Federation of Associated Wresting Styles (FILA) – has been the training base for the Russian free-style and Greco-Roman wresting teams at both Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. The teams won a total of 16 medals over both Games, nine of them gold.

Information about the Karelin Center will be included in the first pre-Games training guide, being developed by the Sochi 2014 oraganisers.

It will contain information about all training centers in Russia where international athletes could train in the run-up to 2014 and will be distributed annually to all National Olympic Committees from 2010.

Keywords · wrestling · Sochi · Alexander Karelin · Sochi 2014 · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Svetlana Khorkina · Anton Sikharulidze

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