POSTED: Wednesday August 7th 2013


New social media campaign will enlist the help of wrestlers and fans all over the world in the final weeks before the vote

Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland (7 August, 2013) - The global wrestling community is coming together once again, this time across various forms of social media as the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, FILA, launches the #TakeAStance campaign.

FILA is encouraging wrestlers, fans and supporters all over the world to send photos of themselves, in their wrestling stance, to and look for them to be uploaded on the FILA Official Facebook page at Additionally, all Olympic wrestling fans are invited to post images on Facebook and Twitter, of themselves, their friends or teammates, in the classic wrestling stance with the hashtag #TakeAStance. FILA will be monitoring the hashtag and will share and retweet some of their favorites.

“#TakeAStance is an easy way for all wrestling fans, from around the World, to show their support for Olympic wrestling,” said FILA President Nenad Lalovic. “Regardless of which one of our 177 national federations you wrestle for or support, we encourage everyone that wants to Save Olympic Wrestling to take part in this fun and engaging social media campaign.”

In addition to the photo initiative, FILA is offering the wrestling community another way to #TakeAStance. FILA recently launched a Thunderclap drive - Thunderclap is a social media tool that allows users to donate one post and/or tweet to amplify their cause through one unified message shared by multiple users. On Wednesday, August 12th, at 12 noon EST, across hundreds of unique Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts, the message “Did you know YOU can help Save Olympic Wrestling? Help me spread the word today” will be shared in unison, creating a swell of support to keep wrestling in the Olympic Games.

The #TakeAStance movement will run from the now until the final vote at the 125th International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September.  Fans can follow FILA on Twitter @FILA_Official or on Facebook at

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 Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

For additional details or for questions about #TakeAStance, the Save Olympic Wrestling campaign and FILA, please contact FILA at 41.21 312 84 26 or Bob Condron, Press Officer,

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Keywords · Wrestling · FILA · Olympics

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

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