Fair Play

Lalovic Reaffirms Wrestling’s Commitment to Olympic Charter, Fair Play

By United World Wrestling Press

IOWA CITY (April 8) – United World Wrestling president and IOC executive board member Nenad LALOVIC today reasserted wrestling’s commitment to open and fair play in sport.

“Like many federations we face problems with countries allowing their politics to interfere in competition,” said Lalovic. “For wrestling, this problem has been visible among our stakeholders. No longer can we allow political problems to enter the field of play. We must fight against any opponent of our sport community with all the means we have.”

Lalovic is currently in Iowa City, United States attending the 2018 Men’s Freestyle World Cup, a dual meet competition featuring the top eight wrestling nations in the world.

“If every international political conflict is transferred to the field of play, and we fail to respond, then all of sport would be in jeopardy. Every nation and every sport on the Olympic programme must respect the Olympic charter and the nature of their sport in general.”

“We will never allow any disrespect to our nations, nor will the IOC.”

United World Wrestling is reviewing all host cities and national federations to ensure they have no outstanding political disputes which might conflict with the idea of open and fair competition. Also, nations who do not allow for entrance of other nations will not be considered for hosting future events.

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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