UTS Virtual Youth Festival 2020

UTS Launches Official Logo for Virtual Youth Festival 2020

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (September 22) -- United World Wrestling partner United Through Sports (UTS) has launched the official logo for the first edition of the UTS Virtual Youth Festival 2020.

According to the UTS release, the logo stands to "represent unity in diversity through the inclusion of all youth regardless of ability."

The design uses a vibrant, bold and youthful color palette appealing to the younger generations signifying fun and positivity. The festival logo is built upon the foundations of the UTS official logo and adapted towards the novel virtual festival concept.

The centre of the logo symbolises the digital world with four different youth encircling the globe. They are connected across the world sharing the same experience, the same event at the same time. The font was chosen to give an urban, brushstroke and down-to-earth approach to demonstrate the feeling of movement and creativity.

This festival encourages youth to showcase their unique talents and creativity, offering them a chance to shine bright during a difficult time. Over 60 organizations and federations have joined to participate and/or contribute towards this unique event which has been patronized by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, Special Olympics, Sportaccord and GAISF.

UTS aims to focus on promoting more inclusion through sport, to encourage a change in perspective and create more opportunities for youth with different abilities.

UTS's Virtual Youth Festival will be the first of its kind with a charge promote unity through sport.

UTS/AIMS President, Stephan Fox, said: “Now is the time to unite towards a better world. Many children around the world will remain in quarantine after the pandemic ends and we need to find sustainable solutions to reach them, to give them opportunities and to include them.”

We all feel the impact the pandemic has had on the international sport community, he said: “No child should be forgotten or left behind and now we have a unique chance to motivate the youth and keep them engaged in sports towards their physical health and wellness.”

“The festival will give the youth joy through the digital ecosystem. With an increase of mental health issues in many parts of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need to remember the youth are also facing many challenges during this crisis.”

Moments in History at Senior Freestyle World Championships

By United World Wrestling Press

Last week, United World Wrestling's Executive Committee approved existing plans to host the 2020 Senior Wrestling World Championships December 12-20 in Belgrade, Serbia. 

United World Wrestling's Instagram provided a look back at some of the most significant freestyle "Moments in History" at the World Championships.

In 1951, Turkey claimed six of the eight freestyle gold medals at the World Championships.

In 1961, Iran became the first Asian team to win freestyle title, accomplishing the feat in Yokohama, Japan.

In 1967, Ali ALIEV (URS) became the first five-time freestyle world champion. His gold medals came in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966 and 1967. That same year, the Soviet Union captured its 19 straight freestyle world team title. 

In 1970, Abdollah MOVAHED (IRI) capped off a five-year undefeated world championship run (1965-1970) and became the first Asian wrestler to win five world golds in freestyle. 

In 1971, Alexsandr MEDVED (URS) claimed his historic seventh world title. His world titles came in 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 69, 70 and 71)

In 1975, Zevegiin OIDOV (MGL) became the first and only Mongolian ever to win back-to-back world titles.

In 1985, Raul FONSECA (CUB) became Cuba's first-ever freestyle world champion after defeating Dave SCHULTZ (USA) in the gold-medal match.

In 1987, Sergei BELOGLAZOV (RUS) won his sixth world title. "Even if you win the world championships, that next day you need to start over," said Beloglazov. "You're nobody and need to start fresh."

In 1992, John SMITH (USA) completed his run of four straight world titles. "I earned the right to be able to hit sharp techniques," said Smith. "It had nothing to do with talent. It had to do with a commitment to getting better."

In 1993, the United States won the freestyle world team title in Toronto, Canada, to become the first Pan American team to win freestyle world team title. 

In 1995, Valentine YORDANOV (BUL) made history by becoming the first freestyle wrestler to win 10 world medals (7 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze).

In 1999, Daniel IGALI (CAN) defeated Lincoln MCILRAVY (USA) to win Canada's first world title in freestyle wrestling. 

In 2003, Arif ABDULLAEV (AZE) topped Quintana MIGUEL (CUB) in the world finals to become Azerbaijan's first-ever world champion in any style. 

In 2005, freestyle wrestling great Buvaisar SAITIEV (RUS) won his sixth and final world title. 

In 2010, Sushil KUMAR (IND) became the first-ever Indian wrestler to win a world title. "2010 was the best year," said Kumar. "Wherever I went, I won gold. Commonwealth Games, Asian Championships, World Championships."

In 2011, Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) captured his first of four world titles in his world championship debut in Istanbul, Turkey. 

In 2018, Takuto OTOGURO (JPN) became Japan's youngest-ever freestyle world champion at the age of 19.