UWW decision on neutral athlete inclusion

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (April 4) -- United World Wrestling Bureau held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the possibility of wrestlers from Russia and Belarus returning to competition after the recommendations made by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board last week.

United World Wrestling's Bureau reiterated the organization's commitment to promoting peace and brotherhood through sports and its solidarity with the people of Ukraine. UWW will continue to support the Ukrainian wrestling community, as it has done since the war broke out.

As a general principle, the Bureau unanimously favored the return of wrestlers to competition from Russia and Belarus under the conditions of participation set forth by the IOC.

For the Senior age categories, an independent panel shall be formed to verify the eligibility of all athletes from Russia and Belarus based on the IOC’s recommended conditions of participation. The exact criteria and the members of the panel shall be decided in the coming weeks.

The Bureau approved to immediately allow wrestlers in the U15 and U17 age categories to compete as neutral athletes in international competitions.

"Sports, over history, has been a medium to bring people closer," Nenad LALOVIC, UWW President, said. "Wrestling, as a sport, has a unique ability to bring people from different cultures and backgrounds together. It has great potential to help in peacebuilding and tolerance among different communities, countries, and regions".

The sanctions on the Russian and Belarusian governments or state officials remain, and no international event under the UWW auspices shall be held in or allocated to the Russian Federation.


UWW President meets Tunisia Sports Minister, discusses beach wrestling

By United World Wrestling Press

HAMMAMET, Tunisia (May 26) -- United World Wrestling President Nenad LALOVIC met with Tunisia's Minister of Youth and Sports, Kamal DAQISH, along with other esteemed dignitaries, to discuss the continuous efforts to promote and develop wrestling in Tunisia and Africa as a whole.

Lalovic also met with the Tunisian National Olympic Committee (CNOT) President Mehrez BOUSSAYENE at the CNOT headquarters in Hammamet.

During the meeting with the sports minister, Lalovic appreciated the organization of the African Championships which was held in Hammamet and discussed ways to further develop and enrich wrestling sport through beach wrestling events.

Hammamet is hosting the African Beach Games from June 24 to 20 and beach wrestling is one of the main events in Hammamet. It will also be part of the fourth Summer Youth Olympic Games in Dakar 2026.

Minister Daqish stressed upon the ministry's plan to develop wrestling in Tunisia and Africa with UWW. He also pointed out the importance of incorporating Olympic principles and values into the curriculum of physical education for educational institutions.

With Boussayene, Lalovic discussed the organization of the African Beach Games and stressed the efforts made by the CNOT to promote Olympic values and the need to combine the efforts of all components of the international sporting and Olympic movement to consolidate the role of sport as a vector of solidarity and peace.