Bureau approves updated calendar options package
competitions for 2020, 2021

Decisions taken in response to the COVID-19 epidemic will affect the number of previously scheduled continental and world championships.

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (June 17).

On Tuesday, the United World Wrestling Bureau voted in favor of a large number of calendar changes for the 2020 and 2021 competitions, including the complete suspension of all competitions until September 1, 2020. The changes are an optimistic forecast for the return of the competition and will be reviewed again in August.

The recommendations reviewed by the bureau were first reviewed and prepared by the Technical Commission.

“I thank the Technical Commission for the hard work and attention during this difficult time,” said Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling. “We will return to the carpet only when it is safe for our athletes, coaches, referees and spectators.”

Continental championships among cadets, juniors and juniors up to 23 years will be the first that could potentially be held, from September 1 to October 30 for the organization of competitions. The continent can also cancel its championships depending on the pandemic status of each region.

Due to school requirements for athletes, in 2020 there will not be a world championship among cadets, and in 2020 there will not be a championship among youths under 15 years of age.

The Junior World Cup is proposed to be held in late November in Belgrade (Serbia) or early December, while U23 will remain in Tampere (Finland) and will compete on the same dates in November.

Due to the increased risk of movement and a high level of transmission for the “among veterans” age group, the World Cup will be postponed to 2021, where Greece will be the host of the competition.

Two events of the World Beach Wrestling Series in 2020 will remain on the calendar for Romania and Greece, and one of the countries will also host the World Beach Wrestling Championship among cadets and juniors. The Beach Wrestling Commission is currently reviewing all dates and details.

The “Best Wrestler of 2020” awards will be awarded only if the World Adult Championship is held in 2020. The application process will begin immediately for all new competitions, including the World Championship among adults and the postponed events that the organizer could not hold (meaning if the venue has changed). All competitions are conditional, depending on the current situation of the global pandemic. If the World Cup does not take place, money for Best Wrestler will be transferred to the 2021 season.

The 2021 calendar was also influenced by COVID-19 and the delay in the 2020 Olympics.

It was suggested that the current schedule be changed to 2021 to reflect what happened in 2020, when the adult championship will be held before the continental qualifiers.

The seeding system at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will consist of the results of the following tournaments: 2019 World Adult Championships, 2020 Series of Rating Tournaments in Rome (ITA), 2020 Continental Adult Championships. The results of the rating series “2021 Tournaments” will not be taken into account for screening the participants of the Olympic Games, because IOC qualification criteria are already established.

Members (Bureau) also approved joining the 2021 Asian Adult Championships ranking for wrestlers from China, North Korea, and Turkmenistan, as they were unable to participate in the 2020 Asian Adult Championships.

The rating series will consist of two events in 2021, both of which will give points that will be considered in the awards “Best Wrestler of 2021”, but again will not be included in the seeding at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 2021 World Adult Championship is scheduled for October 210 in Oslo. There will be no World Cups in 2020 or 2021.


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