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. 

IOC/OS Extends Athletes Scholarship Programmes for Tokyo to 2021

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (April 6) – Over 1,600 athletes from 185 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including 128 wrestlers, who are benefiting from the Olympic Solidarity programmes related to the Tokyo Olympic Games will continue to enjoy this support up until the rescheduled Olympics, which will take place July 23 until Aug. 8, 2021.

There are 53 freestyle wrestlers, 39 Greco-Roman wrestlers and 36 women's wrestlers benefiting from the programmes. The group of wrestlers benefiting is comprised of several world and Olympic medalists, including 2016 Olympic champions Ismael BORRERO (CUB), Mijain LOPEZ (CUB), Vladimer KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) and Taha AKGUL (TUR). 

"This is great news for the athletes around the world," said Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission. "It will ensure that the principles of solidarity and universality will be fully respected and will not be affected by the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Games and will never be left behind, even under these exceptional circumstances that we are currently in."

According to the news release from Olympic.org, "Olympic Solidarity was created more than 50 years ago, aimed at assisting all the NOCs, particularly those with the greatest need, through multi-faceted programmes prioritising athlete development, training for coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic values."

A complete list of wrestlers can be found here.

For any further information or assistance on this programme, please contact [email protected]