With the postponement of Tokyo 2020 from this year to 2021 due to COVID-19, many Federations have revised their calendar and postponed their planned World Championships next year. UWW has decided to postpone all championships untill June this year.
The World Wrestling Championships are set to be held in October in Norway’s capital Oslo, and a spokesperson for the UWW told insidethegames that the event was set to take place as scheduled.
The UWW’s ruling Bureau voted yesterday to keep the current dates of October 2 to 10, but it is possible the event may be pushed back by a matter of weeks to leave more room after the Tokyo Games
Tokyo 2020 is now scheduled to open on July 23 in 2021 and run until August 8 next year.
UWW vice president and UWW-Europe President Tzeno Tzenov said that the athletes would favour this move with so many sporting events being cancelled if clashing with the Games.
“There are six weight categories at the Olympics and 10 categories at the World Championships so you can see the difference,” Tzenov told.
“The wrestlers deserve their big tournament and we’ll most probably see the first World Championships in an Olympic year for the very first time. The host, the Norwegian Wrestling Federation, said it was ready to postpone the Championships by several weeks but to organise it in 2021.” Tzenov also said that a decision will officially be made later in the year.
Elsewhere, the UWW Bureau has voted to preserve the dates and host cities for the remaining qualification events for Tokyo 2020. There are “no planned changes”, according to UWW, with the remaining continental qualifiers, postponed due to COVID-19, again scheduled for March next year and taking place in their original host cities.
Only the Pan American event in the Canadian capital Ottawa went ahead successfully, with the European qualifier in Budapest, the Africa-Oceania qualifier in Morocco and the Asian qualifier in Kyrgyzstan still to come.
The “last chance” qualifier will be held in Bulgarian capital Sofia at the end of April.
UWW President Nenad Lalovic said: “We want to plan our calendar in alignment with the IOC and the new dates for Tokyo 2020. We also find it vital to continue our work with host cities and concerned national federations.” All UWW events before June 30 have been postponed.