POSTED: July 29th 2013

New FILA rankings to provide better spotlight for Wrestling's athletes

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Until now, there have not been regularly-updated rankings of the top wrestlers for the three Olympic styles to promote wrestling in the media, the 177 national wrestling federations and among fans worldwide. The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles decided this spring to start monthly rankings, with each discipline announced each week.

Wrestlers from 54 national federations have broken into the FILA World Rankings in the first three installments, with about one-third of the world’s countries from five continents represented in the Top 15 in Greco-Roman, Men’s Freestyle, and Women’s Freestyle Wrestling.

“This shows the depth of our sport and the advances many countries and continents are making,” FILA President Nenad Lalovic said. “We are making so much progress in Africa and countries like India, Mongolia and many others. It is an international sport . . . for all people.”

The first rankings were released in May and included the top 10 wrestlers in each weight category. Japan’s Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho, who each won three gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, made the list. Other Olympic champions include Russia’s Roman Vlasov and Korea’s Kim Hyeon-Woo in Greco-Roman, Jordan Burroughs of the United States in men’s freestyle and Russia’s Natalia Vorobieva in women’s freestyle.

The 210 wrestlers in the top 20 lists represented 40 different national federations – 22 from Europe, 11 from Asia, five from the Americas and two from Africa.

Wrestling was removed from the Olympic Programme by the International Olympic Committee in February, but is among two other sports – baseball/softball and squash – on the IOC’s shortlist for reinstatement. The sport to be reinstated will be chosen at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this September.

Keywords · FILA · Wrestling · International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles · International Olympic Committee · IOC ·

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