Wrestling Body Announces Disciplinary Action Against Iranian Coach, Athlete

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (February 16) – The United World Wrestling Disciplinary Chamber this week passed down its decision regarding freestyle wrestler Alireza KARIMACHIANI and coach Hamidreza JAMSHIDI following their actions at the U23 World Championships November 23, 2017 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The chamber found that Karimachiani, on instruction of his coach Jamshidi, willfully lost his 1/8 finals match against Alikhan ZHABRILOV (RUS). Both wrestler and coach were found to have acted in direct violation of the International Wrestling Rules (Article 15) and the UWW Disciplinary Regulations (Articles 3, 7.2, 9.2).

Karimachiani is banned from competition six months from the date of infraction and eligible to compete on May 23, 2018. Coach Jamshidi is banned for two years and eligible to coach on November 23, 2019.

Update to Ranking Series, Seeding at Tokyo 202One

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (September 19) -- The United World Wrestling bureau today confirmed the addition of the Ziolkowski, Pytlasinski and Poland Open to the 2021 Ranking Series and clarified the points in determining seeds for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Earlier this year, the bureau approved plans for China Turkmenistan and North Korea to receive Ranking Series points for their finishes at the 2021 continental championships. The nations were unable to attend the 2020 championships due to concerns surrounding the transmission of COVID-19. Similarly, the Oceania Continental Championships in 2021 will count for Ranking Series points as they were not competed in 2020.

The Ranking Series tournaments which will provide points for seeding are:

2019 World Championships
2020 Continental Championships
2020 Matteo Pellicone
2021 Asian Championships (3 nations)
2021 Oceania Championships
2021 Ziolkowski, Pytlasinski and Poland Open

The executive committee will next meet on October 5 to discuss plans for the 2020 Junior and Senior World Championships scheduled for mid-December in Belgrade, Serbia. A questionnaire will be sent mid-next week to all national federations gauging their interest in the tournament as well as any concerns they might have.