Mexico Hosts Level 1 Coaches Course

By United World Wrestling Press

MEXICO CITY, Mexico  (March 23) – UWW's Education Program and the Mexican Olympic Sports Center (CDOM) welcomed 40 participants from all over Mexico for a Level I Coaches Course from March 5-9. The course was made possible through the support of the Mexican Olympic Committee, Olympic Solidarity, and the Mexican Wrestling National Federation.

The purpose of the four-day course was to provide coaches with tools to strengthen their professional work. The course consisted of several theoretical and practical sessions that were structured to be transferrable from the classroom to the mat.

The opening ceremony was held at the Presidency Auditorium of the Mexican Olympic Committee and was attended by distinguished personalities such as Maria José ALCALÁ IZGUERRA, President of the NOC, Guillermo DÍAZ GUTIÉRREZ, President of the Mexican Wrestling Federation and Daniel ACEVES VILLAGRÁN, Vice-President of NOC. The Olympic Wrestling Gymnasium was inaugurated as part of the event, a space designed to house the national teams and the Olympic Wrestling initiation school.

In April, wrestlers from all over the continent will train at these new facilities for the Pre-Pan-American Championship Training Camp.

The Olympic Wrestling Gymnasium in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo: United World Wrestling)

This course was conducted by two renowned Cuban coaches Filiberto DELGADO (FS & WW) and Raul TRUJILLO DIAZ (GR), in collaboration with UWW Educator Arturo CAMACHO IBARRA (MEX).

"The course was very important; I was flattered with the youth, the desire, and unity that exists today among wrestling; I saw a great preparation in most young people, very into what they want to achieve, who should not conform and have bigger goals," said Filiberto DELGADO.

Also, during the course, an Anti-doping workshop was given by Dr. Viridiana SILVA, Mexican Olympic Committee Medical Director.

All the participants agreed that they would like to have part two of this course. "Thank you very much for doing these types of courses because they are necessary and valuable. It is important to continue to carry them out constantly to improve the knowledge and level of the wrestling, " said Gloria Wendoline MORENO SOTELO.

Over 40 participants from all over Mexico attended the Level I Coaches Course from March 5-9. (Photo: United World Wrestling)

Yuri MAIER, United World Wrestling Sports & Development Officer, was very pleased with the outcome of the course. "In general terms, everything went very well. The Mexican National Federation is undoubtedly one of the most proactive NFs in the continent. We hope to continue working with them in this way and accompanying them in their growth and institutional strengthening."


Turkey hosts first UWW women's referee course

By United World Wrestling Press

ANTALYA, Turkey (May 14) --- On May 11, 2022 in beautiful Antalya Turkey, a precedent was set for all UWW Women referees. For the 1st time in United World Wrestling history, HIS-story became HER-story.  Women from 16 different countries have come together with 1 goal in mind; the advancement and recognition of Women officials within this heralded organization.

The Women's Referee Course, which consisted of two courses and three competition days, was preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, and the 2024 & 2028 Olympic Games. 28 women referees from around the world were selected to participate in this first-of-its-kind educational program. 

On the first day of the course, UWW Bureau member Lucio CANEVA attended the opening ceremony and spoke to attendance. He thanked the referees for their support. He also explained why women referees are important for wrestling and all bureau members support this program.

Instructors Antonio SILVESTRI, Ibrahim CICIOGLU and Edit DOZSA collectively contributed to ensuring a successful platform for each woman that took part. Their combined knowledge only helped to propel the confidence of all the participants whether it was about rules or team-building activities and exercises. 

Dozsa, a pioneer of women's refereeing, was fully aware and empathic of the unique struggles women face in a male-dominated sport. Having been selected for the 2008 Olympic Games, Dozsa was able to bring the women together and give them an open forum to voice their individual experiences and struggles, without contradiction or judgments. The idea was for the women to learn how to empower one another. She provided tools and support that have enabled the women to grow and learn with each other over the years.

Participants from Turkey's women's wrestling course join together for a photo. (Photo: United World Wrestling)

The group at the course was experienced and talented. While some referees had wrestled, others were carrying the family torch. Regardless of experience, each member agreed that wrestling is in their blood and has forever changed their lives, for the better.

"Being a female official has many obstacles and nothing is easy about this job," Dozsa said. "We continue to sacrifice to be a part of this wrestling culture we all love so much. This course has given us renewed hope and an optimistic outlook for the future of women referees all over the world. We came in as 28 individuals and left as 1 empowered sisterhood."

The first two days of the course were dedicated to the theoretical aspect of refereeing and important rules were discussed and explained by instructors. A practice session was organized on the second day. All the questions of the attendees were answered by the instructors who also showed critical situations like referee mechanism, out of bounds situations, takedown and control, illegal wrestling and fouls.

During the last three days of the course, referees attended the International Champions tournament for the age group in all styles. They had a chance to officiate throughout the competition in both styles which was an experience for them as well.

The course was the first step for the women referees toward their Olympic hopes. The instructors thanked UWW president Nenad LALOVIC and all the bureau members for their support. They also expressed their gratitude toward the Sports and Development Departments for their collaboration and the Turkish Wrestling Federation for their attributions.