Wrestling News: The United World Wrestling (UWW) on Wednesday (today) came out with tentative dates for the UWW wrestling calendar 2020 and 2021. 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.”
UWW Calendar 2020:
However, due to the schooling requirements, there will be no cadet world championships this year, nor will there be U15 championships organized in 2020.
As for the Junior World Championships, they are being proposed to be held in November end in Belgrade SRB or beginning of December. U23 worlds, on the other hand, will remain in Tampere, Finland and will be held on the same dates (23 to 29) in November.
Meanwhile, the Veterans World Championships will be postponed to 2021 due to the increased risk of travel and transmission for the age group. The competition will be hosted by Greece.
Two Beach Wrestling World Series events in 2020 will remain on the calendar for Romania and Greece, with one of the nations to also host Cadet & Junior World Beach Wrestling Championships. The Beach Wrestling Commission is currently reviewing all dates and details.
The “Best Wrestler of 2020” awards will only be handed out if there is a Senior World Championships in 2020. A bid process will take place immediately for all new competitions including the Senior World Championships and postponed events where the organizer can no longer host. All competitions are conditional based on the ongoing situation of the global pandemic. If the World Championships do not take place, the money for Best Wrestler will be shifted to the 2021 season.
UWW Calendar 2021:
The outbreak of COVID-19 has also impacted the UWW 2021 calendar. It has been proposed to change the current 2021 schedule to reflect what occurred in 2020, with the Senior Continental Championships scheduled before the Continental Olympic Qualifiers.
The seeding system for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will stand as they were pre-coronavirus outbreak. However, the Ranking Series Events 2021 will not be included in the seedings of the Olympic Games due to IOC qualification criteria already fixed.
UWW also approved to adjoin the ranking of the 2021 Senior Asian Championships for wrestlers from China, North Korea and Turkmenistan because they were not able to participate in the 2020 Senior Asian Championships.
The Ranking Series will consist of two events in 2021, both will provide points to be factored into the “Best Wrestler of 2021” awards but again will not be factored into seeding at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 2021 Senior World Championships are scheduled for October 2-10 in Oslo. There will be no World Cups in 2020 or 2021.