Yakutsk has not become an extreme venue for the Freestyle World Cup, despite the cold. This was stated by the President of the United World Wrestling (UWW) and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Nenad Lalović reports TASS.
Yakutsk for the first time hosts a tournament in the Olympic sport on such a large scale. Earlier, the World Cup was held four times in Russia: in 2007 in Krasnoyarsk, in 2008 in Vladikavkaz, in 2010 in Moscow, in 2011 in Kaspiysk.
“I am very pleased that the World Cup is held here: it seemed that Yakutsk would be an extreme venue for the World Cup, but it turned out quite the opposite – it is friendly. It was a great surprise for all the teams how much the people of Yakutia love wrestling and how many viewers came even to watch the morning bouts. Excellent organization, preparation of the venue, maybe a little cold outside, but it's not scary," said Nenad Lalović.
He noted that the fantastic atmosphere and beautiful organization positively surprised the tournament participants. “I didn’t expect such a beautiful opening of the world championship level at all, but how guests were received was just crazy. I am very glad that we organized the tournament in Yakutsk, I asked the athletes themselves, they are also satisfied, they noted both the way here and the arrival. The venue, the opening ceremony, the atmosphere - it was a real surprise for me, I hope, we will see the same fantastic fights, it will be nice for athletes to demonstrate themselves in such an atmosphere,” Lalović said.
The head of UWW believes that it is necessary to often hold major international wrestling competitions in Russia. "Last year, we held the European Championship in Russia, before that there were four World Cups, the 2010 World Championship, we look forward to continue to hold tournaments here, as this is one of the most powerful wrestling countries," said Lalović.
The Freestyle World Cup in Yakutsk ended on March 17.
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