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More than Medals Africa Delivered in Tunisia

By Tim Foley

HAMMAMET, Tunisia (April 10) -- Wrestlers, referees, and officials from 15 nations attended the 2019 More than Medals, Africa program last month in Tunisia. The multi-day event was open to all national federations in Africa and included wrestling-focused programming for all UWW age categories.

The program was highlighted by an anti-doping educational course led by Carlos Roy, UWW General Affairs Director.

Hammamet University, delivered the new Sport for Climate Action initiative in collaboration with Tunisian Foundation for Eco-Conscience.

MTM Africa also included an NF workshop covering proper event registration and the qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The course was delivered by Jean Daniel Rey, director of the UWW Sports Department and Youssef Bouaziz, IT Specialist.

UWW Development director Deqa Niamkey and Vincent AKA, development officer for Africa, helped deliver a number of athlete focused development programs. 

Ukrainian, Georgian Olympic Committees Host Level II Coaches and Referees Course

By United World Wrestling Press

VEVEY, Switzerland (November 25) -- The Ukrainian and Georgian Olympic committees, with the support of Olympic Solidarity and in collaboration with the National Wrestling Federations, hosted coaches and referees' courses during the month of November.

These courses focused on transmission knowledge and team building while perfecting participants knowledge. They were conducted by UWW educators Vincent AKA (CIV),Vladimir SHATSKYKH (UKR), Roman PAVLOV (UKR) and Edisher MACHAIDZE (GEO).
 


"The course reminded the participants of the essential skills necessary to sharpen their expertise and to stay on top of the new educational materials and content," said Shatskysh. "It was great to see my colleagues work together and empower each other to maximize their capacities and knowledge throughout these intensive working days."

The coaches increased their qualifications in both individual and teamwork principles. While the coaches of the Georgian national teams have a lot of hands-on experience and relevant results, they acknowledged that these courses have done a lot for them. 

"This course has taught coaches the key current trends and trends in wrestling, in both theoretical and practical terms: conducting modern training sessions with scientific approaches, both long-term and short-term; Planning of microcycles and macrocycles with accurate scientific, biological and physiological data," said Machaidze.


In addition, the educators reminded participants of the basic knowledge of wrestling education, and long forgotten lessons while working for the first time with the referees to efficiently expand wrestling developments within their clubs and regions.
 
The activities were interactive, giving attending coaches and referees the chance to practice sharpening classroom skills on the mats.


The classroom skills highlighted periodization, nutrition, injury management and club development as well as refereeing rules. Coaches had to demonstrate good practice in terms of technical, pedagogical and communication skills. Particular emphasis has been placed on the ability of coaches to self-analyze their coaching skills.
 
The Ukrainian and Georgian Wrestling Federation expressed their gratitude and support received from United World Wrestling and the desire to cooperate with other projects related to the development of wrestling in their countries.