POSTED: September 8th 2014

FILA rebranded as United World Wrestling, elects Lalovic president

Nenad Lalovic remains the leader of the international wrestling federation after a successful Olympic campaign last year / UWW
Nenad Lalovic remains the leader of the international wrestling federation after a successful Olympic campaign last year / UWW

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Just one year following wrestling’s readmission to the Olympic Programme, United World Wrestling – previously FILA – reelected Nenad Lalovic president at the FILA Congress in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sunday.

Lalovic led the Save Olympic Wrestling movement, which began shortly after the International Olympic Committee voted to remove wrestling from the Olympic Programme. Lalovic was named president of the world governing body in 2013 and worked to integrate the organisation into the Olympic Movement, including the name change.

“The Olympic world is changing,” Lalovic said. “Under [International Olympic Committee President] Thomas Bach and his vision of Agenda 2020, the Olympic Movement could undergo more revisions, more changes. We need to be part of that change. We’re not guaranteed anything.”

Incumbent World Wrestling Bureau members Mikhail Mamiashvili, Akhroldjan Ruziev, and Tesno Tsenov were reelected to a six-year term with the United World Wrestling Executive Committee.

Pedro Gama Filho of Brazil, Fouad Meskout of Morocco, Hideaki Tomiyama of Japan, and Karl-Martin Dittman were also given full-time status on the executive committee, with Tomiyama set to fill Lalovic’s vacant position for one year. Gama Filho and Meskout will serve six-year terms, while Dittman will serve two years in place of the late Matteo Pellicone, who had two years remaining.

To reach the mandated three female members of the World Wrestling Bureau, Pellicone’s widow, Marina, will serve a full, six-year term, as well.

“I promise you that the steps all of us are taking now will be huge,” Lalovic said. “They will propel us into a new age in our sport. We will look different on the mats, in our competitive dress, and in our brand. We will take our message to sponsors and media that wrestling is worth investing in.

“We will become good partners in telling the story of wrestling.”

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