Serbia Wrestling Federation of Thursday announced that they will be hosting the senior world wrestling championships this year. Originally, there was no plan to hold the event this year as it was an Olympic year, however, with the Tokyo Games postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19 it will be held in Belgrade in December. This will the first time the world championship will be organised by the Serbian federation. “We are sure that, with the support of all our institutions in the City and the Republic, we will be excellent hosts of this great competition of special interest for our country and our sport,” the report added.
Earlier, United World Wrestling (UWW) had given tentative dates for the wrestling calendar of 2020 and 2021. As per the report, the competitions are expected to resume from September 1. The Cadet, Junior, and U23 Continental Championships will be the first to potentially return to competition, with a window of September 1 to October 30 to organize a competition. A continent may also choose to cancel their championships depending on the pandemic status of each region.
The recommendations reviewed by the bureau were first considered and drafted by the Technical Commission. “I thank the Technical Commission for their hard work and consideration in this difficult time,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “We will only return to the mat when it is safe for our athletes, coaches, referees, and spectators.”