Cadet Asian Championships

North Korean Cadets Shine in Continental C'Ships

By United World Wrestling Press

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (July 9) -- Wrestlers from D.P.R. Korea had a strong performance in women's wrestling at the Cadet Asian Championships, capturing two gold medals and three medals overall. The four-day event concluded Sunday in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Winning gold medals for North Korea at the Cadet Asian Championships were Jin Hyang JANG (43kg) and Ji Hyang KIM (49kg), while Jin A KIM (40kg) earned a bronze medal. 

The North Korean side was boosted by recent assistance they received from United World Wrestling's developmental program "Technical Assistance for Competitions." The program allowed for three young athletes to compete in the championships and also stay for an additional week to attend the "More than Medal" Asia. 

"We are very happy to see such positive results," said Deqa Niamkey, UWW Director for Development. "Wrestling deserves to be represented by every nation and to see the joy on these athletes faces means we are on track."

Prior to this year, North Korea had not won a medal at the Cadet Asian Championships in women's wrestling since 2016 when MyongGyong WON captured a gold medal at 40kg and UnHui HWANG claimed a silver at 43kg. 

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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.