POSTED: May 6th 2013

FILA to host Extraordinary Congress to make changes to wrestling

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) To attempt to keep wrestling on the Olympic Programme, FILA, the international federation for wrestling, is holding an Extraordinary Congress in Moscow 18 May, 11 days before the sport makes its presentation to the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board in St. Petersburg.

FILA has invited 177 national federations to help make changes to the sport to fall in line with the IOC’s recommendations. Among the changes to be discussed include new rules, attempts to include more women in leadership roles and more athlete involvement in the governing body.

“This will be one of the most important meetings in the history of our sport,” FILA Acting President Nenad Lalovic said. “This will be the time we make our sport better. We are proud of our past, but we’re looking to our future and we will be strong enough to change.”

Lalovic’s presidency will also be discussed at the Extraordinary Congress. Raphael Martinetti resigned from the position in February after the IOC Executive Board’s decision to remove wrestling from the Olympic Programme. The term runs through September 2014 and, if elected, Lalovic could run for a six-year term at that time.

The IOC Executive Board will name the finalists of the eight sports vying for a spot at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Buenos Aires from 4-7 September. The 115 IOC members will select one of the eight sports for inclusion.

Keywords · Olympics · IOC · Wrestling · FILA · Moscow

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