Wrestling News: UWW makes big announcement, no world championships this year

By   - 18/06/2020

Wrestling News: United World Wrestling (UWW) on Wednesday (today) released the tentative dates for 2020 and 2021. As per the new proposed schedule, there will be no world championships in any age group this year except the U23 and Juniors age group. Due to the athletes’ schooling requirements, there will be no Cadet World Championships in 2020, nor will there be U15 championships organized in this year.

The Junior World Championships, on the other hand, are being proposed for the end of November in Belgrade SRB or beginning of December. As for the U23, they can be hosted on the same dates in November in Tampere, Finland. Due to the increased risk of travel and transmission for the age group, the Veterans World Championships will be postponed to 2021 where Greece will be the host of the competition.

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However, UWW has also informed that a continent can also deny hosting the competitions depending on the pandemic status of each region.

UWW Calendar 2021:

The 2021 calendar has also been impacted by COVID-19 and the delay of the 2020 Olympic Games. UWW has proposed to change the current 2021 schedule. The seeding system for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will consist of results from the following tournaments: 2019 Senior World Championships, 2020 Ranking Series in Roma (ITA), 2020 Senior Continental Championships. 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.

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