POSTED: July 11th 2013
Wrestling goes back to its roots with Senior International Tournament in Olympia
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) Male and female wrestlers from Albania, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iran, Russia and the United States will compete in a Senior International Tournament in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Movement, 20-21 July.
The tournament will follow the new rules passed by the FILA Bureau at the Extraordinary Congress this past May and represents the themes of FILA’s Save Olympic Wrestling Campaign: wrestling is universal, wrestling is for everyone, and wrestling is one of the original sports. The finals will be live-streamed from the International Olympic Academy on the official FILA Facebook page.
“We’ve been there before, almost 3,000 years ago in the first Olympic Games,” FILA President Nenad Lalovic said. “We look forward to returning to our roots with this special event that shows the passion of the sport of wrestling. We want our wrestlers to reach back and feel what those special athletes on the fields of Olympia did those many years ago when our sport helped start the Olympic Games.”
Wrestling was taken off of the Olympic Programme – to begin with the 2020 Olympic Games – but was then shortlisted for reinstatement. The International Olympic Committee will decide if Wrestling is to be reinstated or not at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.
Wrestlers will have the opportunity to visit the Palaestra and the Stadium at Olympia, among other locales of Ancient Olympia. A few youth wrestlers will also be invited to participate in an exhibition at the Palaestra.
“It is a great honour to host such an event at the birthplace of the Olympic Games,” Greek Wrestling Federation President Constantine Thanos said. “The Greek Wrestling Federation is excited and feels confident this event will echo to the world the historic importance of the sport of wrestling as an integral part of the Modern Olympic Games as it was for the ancient Games.”
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