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.


Lise Legrand, former world champion, elected CNOSF board member

By United World Wrestling Press

PARIS (September 15) -- Lise LEGRAND (FRA), a former world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, has joined the Board of Directors of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF).

The 47-year-old former wrestler was an Olympic bronze medalist in the 63kg weight class at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the first Games in which women's wrestling featured. She finished fifth at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Apart from the Olympic medal, Legrand, vice-president of the French Federation of Wrestling, is also a two-time World champion, winning gold in 1995 and 1997. She has two more medals from the World Championships, silver in 2002 and bronze in 1996.

In the European Championships, Legrand is a four-time gold medalist, two-time silver medalist and a four-time bronze medalist.

United World Wrestling congratulates Legrand for her appointment.