Wrestling Signs Streaming Agreement with FloGrappling for World C'Ships

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (August 29) – United World Wrestling has partnered with US-based FloGrappling to provide live stream and on-demand coverage of the World Grappling Championships through 2020. The three-year deal will include all men’s and women’s, gi and no-gi championships.

Grappling is a non-Olympic style of United World Wrestling with several events held annually around the world. United World Wrestling’s Grappling Commission oversees the competitions, sets rules and awards host cities for events like the World Grappling Championships.

“Grappling is a worldwide phenomenon and we are looking forward to working with FloSports to showcase our style to fans everywhere on,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “We’re confident FloGrappling’s coverage of the World Grappling Championships will give the sport new energy and attract more athletes and fans.”

The 2018 Grappling World Championships will feature national teams from Russia, Poland, France, Iran, Ukraine, Italy, Azerbaijan, Kryzgstan, Brazil, the United States and more.

The four-day competition will run September 6-9 at the Daulet Sports Complex in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Future is Bright for Grappling in Kazakhstan

By Marc Berman

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (September 9th) -- The Kazakhstani grappling team may not have won a bevy of gold medals, but the Central Asian nation showed great improvement at the 2018 Grappling World Championships.

After four tough days of competition the host nation walked away with a 3rd place finish in the women’s senior division and fifth place in the men’s senior division. The nation also boasted finalists in the women’s 53kg and 58kg division and scored a bronze and silver on the men’s side.

In preparation for the World Championships Kazakhstan hosted qualifying events in multiple cities before the national qualifier earlier this year.

Head grappling coach Renat SITNAZAROV was pleased with the process of forming the team. “We were able to gather our strongest athletes together and bring them here for the championships.”

In preparation for the event the team brought together athletes from around the country to train together and work on new techniques. In preparation for Grappling events team members compete in various other styles, freestyle, Greco-Roman, judo, sambo and jiu-jitsu.

When it came time for the actual competition Sitnazarov and his coaching staff worked with each athlete before each round to develop a winning strategy.

Since 2010 Coach Renat has seen grappling take off in Kazakhstan, becoming more popular every year. “I see Grappling growing every year and is now very popular with many athletes taking part of events here in Kazakhstan. Now with athletes such as Miyao coming from other styles to compete in Grappling, I see it becoming a big event.”

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