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.


Lee Lopez re-elected as ACODEPA president


LIMA, Peru (May 20) -- Francisco Lee LOPEZ was re-elected as the President of the Pan-American Association of Sports Confederations (ACODEPA) on Saturday for a new four-year term.

Lee Lopez will also be on the Executive Committee of Panam Sports which is the leading sports organization in the Americas, promoting and protecting the values of sports and the rights of athletes across the continent. Lee López's presence on the executive committee of this organization is a demonstration of his commitment to sports and athletes in the region.

"Thank you very much for your trust and support, without which I would not be in this important position in sports in America. As always, Yuri Maier's work has been fundamental to the success of my administration," said Lee López.

In addition, Yuri MAIER, currently United World Wrestling's Sports & Development Officer, has been appointed as Sports Director for ACODEPA and a Panam Sports Technical Commission Member for the term 2023-2027.