Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Wrestling Committee Elects New Board

By Tim Foley

GOLD COAST, Australia (April 17) -- The General Assembly of the Commonwealth Wrestling Committee met last week during the final day of wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast to elect a new board of directors and set out an agenda of growth for the next four years. 

Twenty two nations attended the assembly and worked together to create and approve a new organizational constitution. The group also elected the new board of directors, led by Don RYAN (CAN) who is the president of the Canadian Wrestling Federation. Olympic champion wrestler Danial Igali was one of four vice presidents elected.

"I am looking forward to working with our board to move our sport forward and strengthen commonwealth wrestling at all levels," said Ryan. "We want to improve our efforts on behalf of the athletes, coaches and officials, especially given that wrestling has been recently added as a core sport at the Commonwealth Games."

The board also stated that it would be improving outreach and upping its efforts for promotion and the development of wrestling within the Commonwealth.

"As we continue to develop our sport, I have spoken with representatives from United World Wrestling and the CEO of the Commonwealth Games, David Grevemberg, regarding opportunities to strengthen our sport in the commonwealth and the world," said Ryan. "It's a very exciting time for our athletes."

Commonwealth Wrestling Board of Directors, Secretary General and Members:

Don RYAN (CAN) – President
Sakkie BOSSE (RSA) – Vice President
John SAUL (AUS) – Vice President
Daniel IGALI (NGR) – Vice President
Ian WIGGETT (GBR - Wales) – Secretary General
Marlene POURI-LANE – Member
Ilai MANU (TKL) – Member

Olympic Channel: Ibragimov Becomes FYROM's First-Ever Medalist at Sydney 2000

By United World Wrestling Press

In 2000, freestyle wrestler Magomed Ibragimov became the first-ever Olympic medalist for the nation of Macedonia. The Olympic Channel looked back on Ibragimov's historic achievement and life-changing impact. 

The Background

The Sydney 2000 Games will always hold a special significance for North Macedonia.

Wrestler Magomed Ibragimov not only won his first Olympic medal but it still stands as the only Olympic medal the Balkan nation has registered.

Ibragimov was born in Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic and is of Avar descent which is one of the largest ethnic groups in Dagestan. He started freestyle wrestling, which was a popular sport in the region, in 1986.

Heading into the Atlanta 1996 Games, Ibragimov represented Azerbaijan and was considered a favourite for a medal after he won gold at both the 1995 and 1996 European Championships. But he would only finish fifth in the 82kg category.

However, following on from his performance at Atlanta 1996, Ibragimov would go on to represent F.Y.R Macedonia.

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