What Needs To Happen For The World Championships To Occur

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The Executive Board for United World Wrestling recently laid out an action plan to try to have several major events on the calendar happen before the end of 2020.

They mentioned working with the IOC and World Health Organization but did not give any specifics on COVID-19 testing and travel, but did make explicit what they expected from their member federations:

Any competition wishing to be held in 2020 must follow the criteria as established by the Executive Board and must be fulfilled for any competitions to go ahead. The competitions must include 8 of the 10 best-ranked teams and a minimum of 70% participating countries (based on prior year’s athlete attendance).

So what will that have to look like in order for the world championships to happen at the Senior, Junior, and U23 levels?

Senior Worlds

There were 79 teams that competed in Men's Freestyle in Nur-Sultan, which means 55 nations or more would have to sign on to compete at the proposed 2020 world championships. Additionally, eight of the following 10 teams would need to participate: Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, United States, Georgia, India, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Japan.

On the Greco-Roman side, 64 federations sent teams, meaning a minimum of 45 countries has to send athletes for the tournament to happen. Up top, they'll need 80% of these teams to sign up: Russia, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Japan, Hungary, Cuba, Armenia, and Germany.

When it comes to women's freestyle, there were 55 delegations in Kazakhstan, so 38 must be at this year's world championships. Among the Top-10, eight or more of these countries must be there: Japan, Russia, United States, China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Germany, and Sweden.

Junior Worlds

Last year at the Junior world championships there were 43 teams that competed in men's freestyle, meaning 30 would need to compete this year. Among the best nations, Russia, United States, Iran, Japan, India, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, and Armenia need to have eight of those wrestle.

In Greco-Roman, there were 47 teams in Tallinn, Estonia. That means 33 have to take the mat this year, with at least eight of them coming from this group: Russia, Iran, Turkey, Georgi, Hungary, Armenia, United States, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Belarus.

Women's freestyle had representatives from 36 nations, so 25 have to be in attendance this time around, including more than eight of Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, China, United States, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, and India.

U23 Words

Lastly, we come to the U23 world championships, in which 43 teams took part in men's freestyle. For it to happen this year, at least 30 countries must send athletes, most importantly more than 4/5 of this group must go: Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Mongolia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States.

Over in Greco they had 41 federations in Budapest, and they need 29 back this time. The best teams there were Iran, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Japan, Turkey, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Hungary, so at least eight of them must send athletes.

Finally, there were 31 teams competing in women's freestyle, so 22 must be back. For it to happen, at least eight of Japan, China, Ukraine, Russia, the United States, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Canada, Belarus and Romania have to compete.

Proposed Dates Of Competition

UWW released the following as tentative dates for each of the three world championships. They will meet in August to see if it is safe to hold the world championships this year. It was made clear, "To be valid, the conditions and criteria for competition must be confirmed by UWW and local organizers two months prior to the start of the competition."

  • U23 World Championships – Tampere, FIN, November 23-29, 2020
  • Junior World Championships – Belgrade, SRB, December 4-10, 2020
  • Senior World Championships – Belgrade, SRB December 12-22, 2020

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