POSTED: June 29th 2013

FILA meets with Olympic Broadcasting Services to improve Wrestling's presentation

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Olympic Broadcasting Services Chief Executive Officer Yiannis Exarchos, OBS Senior Coordinating Producer Kostas Kapatais, OBS Senior Coordinating Producer Makoto Nakamura and German Wrestling Federation General Secretary Karl-Martin Dittman attended a meeting between FILA, the international Olympic-style wrestling federation, and OBS Monday, 24 June, in Madrid to discuss the sport’s presentation at the upcoming 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

With the International Olympic Committee’s recent decision to remove Wrestling from the Olympic Programme beginning with the 2020 Games and the subsequent shortlisting for reinstatement, FILA is doing everything in its power to improve the sport. OBS cited the addition of women’s wrestling in 2004, a new format of competition with styles lasting a single day and the introduction of video judging as improvements “crucial for the sport.”

New rules encouraging action, penalising passivity and rewarding the aggressor will also improve the sport’s television appeal, OBS said.

“I would like to extend my thanks to FILA for this visit which gave us the opportunity to discuss the experience from broadcasting Wrestling in previous editions of the Olympic Games and, more importantly, about ways to improve the presentation of the sport in the Olympic context in the future,” FILA President Nenad Lalovic said.

A new mini point-of-view camera, to be worn by the referee to give audiences a closer view of matches, will also by explored, as well as the capture and introduction of biometrics data, giving viewers access not available previously.

“FILA appreciated the opportunity to meet with the television experts at OBS and to learn from their experiences,” Lalovic said. “The advice that has been provided will help us to better serve the needs of broadcasters and to provide a more attractive and exciting presentation of our sport to TV audiences around the world.

“Just as we have modernised our rules, we must explore innovative way sin which we can better present our sport to a wide audience. We’ve got a great sport, but we must embrace new technologies, new presentations and let the world see the unique aspects of wrestling.”

Other new ideas for innovative access to the sport include making weigh-ins a special event, competitive gear that differentiates Greco-Roman from freestyle and lighting, mat setup, time management and design to improve presentation.

Keywords · Wrestling · Olympic Broadcasting Services · Olympics · International Olympic Committee · International Olympic Committee · Nenad Lalovic · Rio 2016 ·

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