Wrestling Present at 3rd Annual IOC-IF Gender Equality in Leadership Forum

By Tim Foley

LAUSAUNNE, Switzerland (April 12) – United World Wrestling sent two top leaders to this month's 3rd Annual IOC-IF Gender Equality in Leadership Forum in Lausanne.

Farnaz Panahidez, a member of United World Wrestling’s Women’s Commission member and Director of International Relations of Iran Wrestling Federation, presented at the forum alongside UWW Development Director Deqa Niamkey. The duo on the advancements of UWW in gender equality and women’s wrestling on the panel of “meaningful Inclusion in decision making roles.”

Ms. Panahidez and Ms. Niamkey were joined on stage by World Rugby President, Mr. Beaumont, International Gymnastics Federation President, Mr. Watanabe, FISA Council Member, Ms. Ravensberger and Vice President of Luge, Mrs. Del Negro.

The forum included more than 150 participants presenting on a variety of topics, with the intention of further improving gender balance throughout all levels of international sport. The event was highlighted by the IOC Gender Equality Review Project recommendations, which includes 25 areas of focus to promote gender quality across international sport.

The forum was introduced by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

Highlighting the discussions were interactive panel sessions on women’s role in their respective sport’s election processes, the portrayal of sports women in the media, and a discussion of best practices by national and international federations in promoting women in sport.

United World Wrestling’s involvement in the forum was another example of the organization’s firm commitment to gender equality. Over the past few years United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic has taken several steps to ensure the inclusion of more women in the sport’s decision-making positions. He has also worked with partners to an increase in the number of women’s competitions and provide more visibility to women’s wrestling.

The Development Department, along with the Women and Sport Commission, have been tasked with turning the President’s commitment to gender equality and related initiatives into concrete action.


Jordan Hosts Level I Technical Course

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (May 10) – The Jordanian Olympic Committee with the support of Olympic Solidarity and in collaboration of the Jordan Wrestling Federation, hosted a Level I technical course for coaches  February 4-8 in Amman.

The course was conducted by UWW Educator Batbayar BUYANDELGER (MGL) and gathered 21 participants and was followed by an "Introduction to Refereeing" conducted by fellow UWW Educator Sherif HALAWA (EGY).

Jordan is among the first nations to benefit from the launch of the development initiative to assist developing nations in organizing national wrestling competitions. To ensure that lessons were well-received the participants at both courses took part in the organization and delivery of the competition, which included 20 cadet and junior level boys and 7 national referees.

The budget of $3000 was allocated for the event, with the Jordan Wrestling Federation offering positive feedback on their experience.  

In order to encourage grassroots development of smaller wrestling national federations, UWW is encouraging countries to organize at least one competition per year, and when possible that will be supported and assisted by UWW in conjunction of an Olympic Solidarity Technical Course for Coaches.

“The aim is to promote the sport of wrestling in Jordan and the region. Middle-East countries have a strong wrestling history with great potential for development, this is why we want to assist them in their development process.” said Ms. Deqa Niamkey, UWW Development Director. “ Following the first project in Burundi, we received many requests of technical courses for coaches and a high demand to host national competitions right after the educational courses. UWW expert educators, are contributing tremendously to this growth and I trust these events will contribute tremendously to the growth of wrestling.”