POSTED: Thursday May 16th 2013

President Lalovic Travels to New York's Grand Central Terminal

New York City (May 16) - Nenad Lalovic, the Acting President of FILA, traveled to New York City this week to attend historic wrestling matches between Iran, Russia and the United States, as well as exhibition matches between American youth wrestlers. The matches were held in world-famous Grand Central Terminal and were part of a series of international events celebrating the designation of May as World Wrestling Month. President Lalovic began the month by attending the African Wrestling Championships in N’Djamena, Chad.

The event at Grand Central Terminal represented a rare chance for three great wrestling nations to come together in the spirit of goodwill and sportsmanship. President Lalovic stated that “This match is an exciting chance for the sport of wrestling to showcase its ability to unite people from nations with different political, cultural and geographic backgrounds. It is also wonderful to see these young boys and girls enjoying the sport and learning the valuable life skills associated with wrestling; like physical fitness and teamwork.” Full results from the competitions can be found on FILA’s website,

While in New York, President Lalovic attended a press conference at the United Nations where each team’s athletes weighed-in and were introduced to the media. During President Lalovic’s opening remarks at the event he noted that “We are dedicated to reforming our sport and making FILA a more pro-active and responsible organization. We will do everything we can to address the IOC’s concerns and ensure that wrestling remains a part of the Olympic Games.” Under President Lalovic, FILA introduced a number of potential changes that it will vote on in the next several days.

President Lalovic became interim-President of FILA following the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) February decision to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. He is currently in Moscow for FILA’s May 18th Extraordinary Congress, where delegates from the 177 national wrestling federations will come together to discuss and decide on the sport’s future. President Lalovic said that “This will be one of the most important meetings in the history of our sport.”

About FILA
FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, is the global governing body of the sport of wrestling. It works to promote the sport and facilitate the activities of its 177 national federations from around the world. It is based in Vevey, Switzerland.

To learn more about FILA’s campaign to keep wrestling in the Olympic Games visit its official website, Facebook page,, or Twitter handle, @FILA_Official.

(For more information please contact FILA at 41.21 312 84 26 or Bob Condron, Press Officer,

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Name: Bob Condron
Organization: International Federation of Wrestling Styles FILA

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