United World Wrestling Designates May as “World Wrestling Month”
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 18:01 By Tim Foley
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (April 28) – United World Wrestling has announced that May will be “World Wrestling Month.” The month will be highlighted by a series of tournaments, special events, and social media interactions with fans and athletes around the world.
The designation started during the 2013 Save Olympic Wrestling campaign when wrestlers, coaches and fans from around the world celebrated the sport with a number of promotional events in that May.
May is also one of the most active months of the 2017 wrestling season, featuring three of United World Wrestling's premier senior-level continental championships; the European Championships (May 2-7), the Pan-Am Championships (May 5-7) and the Asian Championships (May 10-14). The events will help give fans, athletes, coaches and national federations the opportunity to share their experiences on and off the mat.
“Wrestling fans will have a lot of opportunity this month to watch their favorite sport,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “We want them to enjoy the competitions, but also share their stories online with other fans and athletes. We want to see and hear about their life in the sport”
United World Wrestling will focus its social media campaign around two wrestling hashtags for the month of May. #WrestlingMonth is a chance for users share their wrestling photos, stories, and goals for their athletic and coaching career. #WhereITrain will be an entertaining peek inside the wrestling halls, gyms and homes where wrestlers from all levels train in the hopes of becoming a world and Olympic champions.
The month will also be an opportunity for national federations and wrestling-based non-profits to hold events. Beat the Streets-New York will be holding their annual fundraising event in Times Square featuring a dual meet between the stars of USA Wrestling and the Japanese Wrestling Federation, including a much-anticipated rematch between 2016 Olympic champion Helen MAROULIS (USA) and 2014 world champion Chiho HAMADA (JPN).
Wrestling month will also include new media content from United World Wrestling including video interviews with wrestlers, highlight films from action around the world and short docu-follows on some of the sport’s biggest personalities.