In a first, Jordan launches wrestling league Istikal 76

By United World Wrestling Press

AMMAN, Jordan (August 30) -- In a first, the Jordan Wrestling Federation conducted a league -- Istiklal 76 --  over two days last week. Wrestlers from all age groups participated in the tournament which was held at the Mu’tah hall in Al Hussein Youth City.

On day one of the competition, Greco-Roman bouts were held before moving to the second day which saw freestyle and women's wrestling bouts. This is also the first time that both men's and women's bouts were held together.

The tournament witnessed wide participation with 380 wrestlers including 28 female wrestlers, the largest number of participants in a local tournament, from 28 clubs and centers.

Overall, 435 fights were conducted following United World Wrestling rules and arrangements of the highest technical and equipment levels. The federation has used UWW's system to manage the tournament including the process of entries, weights, draws, fights and challenge reviews.

Freshly trained referees were part of the tournament and showed exceptional class in decision-making. The second phase of the league will be conducted in September.

“The Jordanian Wrestling Federation was keen to organize a league dedicated to the sport of wrestling, as part of our plans to increase the base of players as we search for fresh talent for the national teams,” Muhammad Al-Awamleh, JWF president, said.

The federation is committed to developing wrestling in the Kingdom and increasing the base by giving wrestlers, referees, coaches and clubs an experience like no other.


Dominican Republic hosts Coaches Courses Level 1, 2, Introduction to Refereeing

By United World Wrestling Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (October 3) A series of UWW courses were held in the city of Santo Domingo from September 25 to 29; The courses were: Coaches Course Level 1 and Level 2 and Introduction to Refereeing. A total of 31 participants, between coaches and referees, took part in the course. The educators were all local, from different provinces of the Dominican Republic.

This course is part of the UWW's education program, and the purpose is to provide the coaches with tools to strengthen their professional work. The course consisted of several sessions between, theoretical and practical, structured in such a way that what was learned in the classroom was applied on the mat.

This course was made with the support of the Olympic Solidarity Dominican Olympic Committee and the Dominican Wrestling Federation.

The opening ceremony was held in the Dominican Olympic Center on September 25 and was attended by distinguished personalities such as the President of the National Olympic Committee and the Dominican Wrestling Federation, Antonio CORLETTO, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the NF, Onésimo RUFINO, Technical Director of NF, Rodolfo Castro Martinez and Olympic Solidarity of the NOC, Lussy Caraballo.

CourseParticipants discuss theoretical and practical topics that will ultimatly be uitalized on the mat. (Photo: United World Wrestling)

The course was officially inaugurated after listening to the notes of the Dominican National Anthem and the words of welcome by Antonio Corletto.

As we are used to, we had the facilitators Pedro ROJAS (PUR) for the coaches and Abraham GALVA (PUR) for the referees. 

"I want to thank on behalf of the two women who are present in this course, thanks to our administration, to Olympic Solidarity, and thanks to God, today we were able to learn. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts because today, we will no longer be like before. Thanks to our excellent facilitators. I am sure that our colleagues and I will not return to our provinces empty-handed," said Francia Mayelin Perez, woman referee.

The Dominican Wrestling Federation is working very hard in the development of the sport in its country. And from the UWW, we hope to continue working in this way with them and accompany them in their growth and institutional strengthening.