Wrestling has come a long way since February recommendation
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) Following the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation the sport of wrestling be removed from the Olympic Programme beginning with the 2020 Olympic Summer Games earlier this year, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles has attempted to improve the sport which has featured in every modern Olympics since 1900.
FILA has created more weight classes for women in Freestyle while Greco Roman and Men’s Freestyle each lost a weight class. The changes will be instituted at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. FILA will also have at least one female Vice President and three seats for women and active athletes on the Bureau at all times.
During the Extraordinary Congress in May, FILA proposed to amend 15 Commissions. With the support of athletes and fans, 17 Commissions will be amended.
To make the sport easier to follow and more interesting for spectators, FILA also introduced a set of rule changes, including switching from three two-minute periods to two three-minute periods. Other rules changes include enacting cumulative scoring for the match, new scoring rules allowing three or five points to be awarded for spectacular throws, and passivity rules to ensure the most active wrestler wins the match.
FILA’s new World Wrestling Plan aims to optimise the organisation’s internal process, improve event presentation, develop the FILA brand and implement a new strategic communications plan. FILA also introduced a first-ever monthly rankings system.
May was World Wrestling Month, with marquee events held in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal for Rumble on the Rails and Niagara Falls for the Battle of the Falls. FILA launched a new website in June and returned to its roots in July for the first wrestling match in Olympia since 393 A.D. in Greece. Two 11-year-old Greek girls became the first females to wrestle in Olympia with their match in the Ancient Palaestra.
FILA’s Facebook page and website were home to the live streaming of the Junior and Cadet World Championships, giving the world access to young wrestlers looking to strive for a place in the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.
The International Olympic Committee will decide Sunday, 8 September, which sport of Wrestling, Squash and Baseball/Softball will be on the Olympic Programme in 2020 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.
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