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Kourtane Olympic Training Facility Undergoes Expansion

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (May 27) -- United World Wrestling partner Kourtane Training Center in Finland has completed the expansion of their main training facility. The upgrade includes more than 1000 square meters of additional training and workout space for the Finnish Wrestling Team and international guests.

The aim of the wrestling hall is to allow for it to become a main location for training camps prior or post major events, especially for women’s wrestling.
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic its unclear when the first training camp or competition will be held in the new facility, but there is some hope that one might be hosted by year-end inviting the neighboring countries if permitted. Some camps include upper weights categories focused on women and a selection of regional preparation tournaments.

”I hope we can organize together the next training camp in KOTC before the end of 2020 after the end of the pandemic," said Antti PEKKALA Secretary General of Finnish Wrestling Federation. "I am personally working hard for the organization of the U23 Worlds planned this coming November in Tampere and to organize an international training camp in conjunction with the championship. I look forward to welcoming the UWW family to Finland”

For further information on the Kourtane Training Center and opportunities, please contact [email protected]

Moments in History at Senior Freestyle World Championships

By United World Wrestling Press

Last week, United World Wrestling's Executive Committee approved existing plans to host the 2020 Senior Wrestling World Championships December 12-20 in Belgrade, Serbia. 

United World Wrestling's Instagram provided a look back at some of the most significant freestyle "Moments in History" at the World Championships.


In 1951, Turkey claimed six of the eight freestyle gold medals at the World Championships.

In 1961, Iran became the first Asian team to win freestyle title, accomplishing the feat in Yokohama, Japan.

In 1967, Ali ALIEV (URS) became the first five-time freestyle world champion. His gold medals came in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966 and 1967. That same year, the Soviet Union captured its 19 straight freestyle world team title. 

In 1970, Abdollah MOVAHED (IRI) capped off a five-year undefeated world championship run (1965-1970) and became the first Asian wrestler to win five world golds in freestyle. 

In 1971, Alexsandr MEDVED (URS) claimed his historic seventh world title. His world titles came in 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 69, 70 and 71)

In 1975, Zevegiin OIDOV (MGL) became the first and only Mongolian ever to win back-to-back world titles.

In 1985, Raul FONSECA (CUB) became Cuba's first-ever freestyle world champion after defeating Dave SCHULTZ (USA) in the gold-medal match.

In 1987, Sergei BELOGLAZOV (RUS) won his sixth world title. "Even if you win the world championships, that next day you need to start over," said Beloglazov. "You're nobody and need to start fresh."

In 1992, John SMITH (USA) completed his run of four straight world titles. "I earned the right to be able to hit sharp techniques," said Smith. "It had nothing to do with talent. It had to do with a commitment to getting better."

In 1993, the United States won the freestyle world team title in Toronto, Canada, to become the first Pan American team to win freestyle world team title. 

In 1995, Valentine YORDANOV (BUL) made history by becoming the first freestyle wrestler to win 10 world medals (7 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze).

In 1999, Daniel IGALI (CAN) defeated Lincoln MCILRAVY (USA) to win Canada's first world title in freestyle wrestling. 

In 2003, Arif ABDULLAEV (AZE) topped Quintana MIGUEL (CUB) in the world finals to become Azerbaijan's first-ever world champion in any style. 

In 2005, freestyle wrestling great Buvaisar SAITIEV (RUS) won his sixth and final world title. 

In 2010, Sushil KUMAR (IND) became the first-ever Indian wrestler to win a world title. "2010 was the best year," said Kumar. "Wherever I went, I won gold. Commonwealth Games, Asian Championships, World Championships."

In 2011, Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) captured his first of four world titles in his world championship debut in Istanbul, Turkey. 

In 2018, Takuto OTOGURO (JPN) became Japan's youngest-ever freestyle world champion at the age of 19.