Development, Coaching

Wrestling Delivers Development Programs in Africa

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (June 20) -- As part of United World Wrestling’s broader initiative to secure future wrestling opportunities in Africa, the international federation for the sport delivered coaching courses following the 2019 African Wrestling Championships this March.

The courses were held in Namibia and Guinée Bissau and conducted by UWW Development Officer Vincent AKA (CIV) and UWW Educator Juan Luis MAREN (CUB).

An assistance program for underdeveloped wrestling nations was also introduced. In addition, United World Wrestling's Development Department conducted workshops for national federations to inform the leaders of development programs. 

Namibia Wrestling Federation President Magdalena KATIMBA attended the workshop and applied for an Olympic Solidarity Technical Course for her federation. Katimba launched a wrestling social grassroot development program throughout the country and conducted a talent identification program among the youth.At the African Championships, Namibia won its first cadet gold medal and first junior and senior bronze medals. 


Guinée Bissau performed well at the continental championships showed potential despite the difficulties faced by the country, said Maren. The wrestlers are currently training at the UWW African Training Centre under the expertise of Alexis RODRIGUEZ (CUB).

Following the course, Maren visited various clubs in Guinée Bissau to see the sporting infrastructure and assess the development needs of the national federation. 

A grassroot development program will be launched next year in both countries to further contribute to these activities and plan for the 2022 Youth Olympic Games and 2024 Olympic Games. 

Programs on refereeing, coaching and administration education are planned for this year in Chad, Uganda, Cameroon, Morocco and Guinea. 

For any additional information on the development programs, please contact [email protected]

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.