POSTED: August 9th 2013

Junior Wrestling World Championships set for Bulgaria

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) With wrestling among three sports shortlisted for reinstatement on the Olympic Programme, Sofia, Bulgaria, will host the Junior Wrestling World Championships 13-18 August.

Sofia’s Arena Armeetz will host competitions in the three Olympic styles: Greco-Roman, men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle, with the classic style (Greco-Roman) opening the event 13 August. Women’s freestyle events will take place 15-16 August and the men’s freestyle will close the competition 17-18 August.

Fifty-eight national wrestling federations will be represented by more than 600 of the world’s top junior wrestlers in four weight categories. Among the five continental organisations to be represented at the Junior Wrestling World Championships will be Oceania and Africa.

Wrestlers competing in the Junior Wrestling World Championships will likely be of age to compete at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, which may or may not have wrestling on the Games Programme. Baseball/softball and squash are the other two shortlisted sports for reinstatement, and the International Olympic Committee will announce the sport at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 9 September.

While junior wrestlers are allowed to compete in senior-level competition, most will have their sights set on the 2020 Olympic Games rather than Rio 2016.

Keywords · FILA · Sofia · Bulgaria · Wrestling · International Olympic Committee ·

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