Development

United World Wrestling Opens High Performance Centre in China

By United World Wrestling Press

BEIJING (May 1) – The Chinese Wrestling Federation and the Chinese Olympic Committee last week hosted United World Wrestling for the opening ceremony of the “UWW China High Performance Center” at the Athletes Hotel in the National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing.

The China High Performance Center will host several wrestling-related activities including UWW advanced training camps and educational programs for coaches and referees.

“China is one of our most important partners, and it has great potential to help bring the sport of wrestling to another level,” said United World Wrestling president and IOC executive board member, Nenad Lalovic. “I am very happy to see the state-of-the-art facilities here in the training center that are now open to wrestling athletes worldwide. We hope to work closely with the Chinese Wrestling Federation in advancing the sport of wrestling in the region.”

Mr. Lalovic also held a friendly meeting with Mr. GOU Zhongwen, Director of General Administration of Sport of China, President of the Chinese Olympic Committee and discussed the wrestling development in China on this occasion.

“Although it was a short time since Ms. Zhang was appointed as the President of Chinese Wrestling Federation, we have seen the progress already in many areas,” said Mr. Gou. “We are very happy that United World Wrestling chose to allocate its high-performance center here, we will try our best to facilitate the growth of wrestling in China and contribute to the global development of the sport.”

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Ms. ZHANG Ye, International Relations Manager, Chinese wrestling federation; Mr. LIU Guoyong, Director of the Competitive Sports Bureau of General Administration of Sport of China, Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee; Mr. LI Quanhai, Director of the National Olympic Sports Centre of China; Mr. GOU Zhongwen, Director of General Administration of Sport of China, President of the Chinese Olympic Committee; Mr. BIAN Zhiliang, Chairmen of the Board of Taishan Sports; Ms. ZHANG Xia, President of Chinese Wrestling Federation, Vice Director of Beijing Municipal Sports Bureau; Mr. Fouad Meskout, President of UWW African Council; Mr. Nenad Lalovic, United World Wrestling President, IOC Executive Board Member; Mr. SHENG Zetian, National Team GR Head Coach, Chinese Wrestling Federation; Ms. LIANG Lei, Development Manager, United World Wrestling

Development

Bulgaria Hosts Successful 'More Than Medals' Wrestling Development Camp

By Tim Foley

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (August 13) -- The United World Wrestling development department, along with the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation, last week hosted the annual 'More than Medals' World Camp (MTM) with more than 30 athletes and a half dozen coaches from several nations in attendance. The camp followed the 2019 Cadet Wrestling World Championships also held in Sofia.

MTM is a full athlete developmental clinic focusing on both techniques and education for athletes ages 14-17. Clinicians covered how to plan for training, Olympic values, and proper nutrition. There was also an anti-doping seminar led by Mrs. Elka GALEVA of the Bulgarian National Anti-Doping Organization.



"The atmosphere in Sofia was great! Everyone shifted very quickly from being opponents to friends," said UWW Development Director Deqa NIAMKEY. "Despite coming from different countries and languages the wrestlers found ways to unify. Wrestling is a universal language and our programs aim to enhance the knowledge and capacities of our athletes."

For the first time ever, the MTM camp included athletes and coaches from Spain and Estonia.

"This was my first More Than Medals camp and I thought that the UWW educators were very good and that the services were excellent," said Martin PLASER (EST). "They adapt the training to each individual and bring out the best from each participant. They give chance to learn to each athlete while respecting everyone’s background and culture."


Local athletes also joined in the learning with five local wrestlers attending the camp and taking in lessons from a variety of UWW instructors.

"We are very happy to be here and we made some great friends," said wrestler Sofia TENEVA (BUL). "It is good to learn the working and training methods of others. To learn from each other and we will gladly participate in future camps"


In fulfilling their mission to provide wrestling opportunities to all wrestlers around the world, the UWW Development Department will next host an acclimation camp for the 2019 Senior Wrestling World Championships this September in Nur-Sultan.