Wrestling won’t ever lose its place in Olympics, says sport physique’s vice-president Akhroldjan Ruziev

Jakarta: Wrestling won’t ever lose its place within the Olympics and discuss a dive in reputation is “all improper”, the game’s vice-president Akhroldjan Ruziev informed AFP.

Wrestling’s Olympic future was in critical doubt when the Worldwide Olympic Committee dropped it in 2013 from the 2020 Game, earlier than reversing the choice.

However Ruziev informed AFP that the millennia-old sport, a staple of the unique Olympics in historic Greece, will solely develop beneath the United World Wrestling (UWW), the identify which the rebranded governing physique assumed in 2014.

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“Wrestling is in a really comfy place. All that knowledge concerning the falling viewers in wrestling throughout the (Olympic) Game was all improper,” Uzbekistan’s Ruziev, a former Soviet wrestler, mentioned on the Asian Game in Jakarta.

“The organisation has gone by an enormous change. Change for the higher. We’ve an workplace now in 4, 5 necessary centres and issues are trying vibrant as ever.”

He added that the aborted transfer by the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) to drop wrestling was “all political”, with out elaborating.

“Sport is all about politics now. Nation by nation, it is all politics,” Ruziev mentioned whereas insisting that the UWW and IOC are working hand-in-hand to take wrestling ahead.

Ruziev mentioned that wrestling, in contrast to different preventing sports activities, will not be any link-up with Combined Martial Arts to spice up its reputation, however was as a substitute concentrating on a special enterprise: seaside wrestling, which is carried out in a hoop on sand.

“We’re the going to develop the game by seaside wrestling. It is fast, presents an fascinating battle and it is very good,” he mentioned.

“We had the world championship and Europe championship this 12 months they usually had been very profitable… Who is aware of, the Indian wrestling chief is right here, let’s get it all the way down to Goa,” he mentioned with a smile.

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