Dr. Bernie Feldman, UWW Hall of Fame Doctor, Dies at 81

By United World Wrestling Press

TOKYO (August 4) -- Dr. Bernie Feldman, who treated thousands of international wrestlers over four decades and traveled the globe in service to the sport, has died. He was 81.

A figure on the international wrestling scene since volunteering to help at the 1983 Junior World Championships, Dr. Feldman served as a doctor for United World Wrestling at numerous Olympic, World and Continental Championships for decades.

"Dr. Feldman was a valued member of our community," said UWW president Nenad Lalovic. "He made the sport of wrestling better and helped us tremendously. We send our condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed."

Dr. Feldman was the Medical Care Supervisor in 7 Olympic Games between 1988 & 2016; 17 World Championships between 1986-2015, 3 Pan American Games & 3 World Cups. He was also awarded UWW’s Silver Star in 2008 and the Gold Star in 2012.

In addition to his on-the-mat assistance, Dr. Feldman was a key figure in helping to establish United World Wrestling's Medical Prevention and Anti-Doping Department where he served since 2003.


Olympic champ Ogan passes away at 89

By United World Wrestling Press

COSIER-VEVEY, Switzerland (April 29) --- İsmail OGAN (TUR), the two-time Olympic medalist and 1964 Tokyo Olympic champion, passed away earlier this week. He was 89 years old.

Ogan was born on March 5, 1933, in the Macun Village, Aksu District of Antalya, Turkey. He began his storied wrestling career in 1950 under the tutelage of trainers Yaşar DOGU (TUR) and Celal ATIK (TUR).

Olgan quickly made a name for himself in the wrestling world, winning three world medals and gold and silver medals at the Olympic Games. He started his impressive international career with a silver-medal finish at the 1957 Istanbul World Championships. Two years later, he won a second medal on the world stage, claiming bronze at the 1959 Tehran World Championships.

A year later, Olgan won a silver medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games after falling to American Douglas BLUGAUGH in the 73kg finals. But Olgan saved his most impressive performance for the final competition of his career, the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. He defeated two-time world champion Guliko SAGARADZE (USSR) and improved his Rome Olympic silver to a Tokyo Olympic gold.

After retiring from wrestling following the 1964 Games, Olgan continued to give back to the wrestling community by coaching young Turkish athletes.