Ulaanbaatar hosts Wrestling FILA Cadet Asian Championships 2013
Mongolian athletes wrestle with foreign wrestlers in Greco-Roman style for the first time
Wrestling FILA Cadet Asian Championships 2013 began in Ulaanbaatar yesterday, and will take place until July 28 at Buyant Ukhaa Sports Venue. Over 350 athletes, between the ages of 8 to 15, competing in 30 weight classifications from countries such as India, Japan, Iran, Khazakhstan, and Korea, are vying against each other for 120 medals.
From Mongolia, 30 athletes who earned first place in the Mongolian Junior Wrestling Championship are competing. Wrestlers earning first place rankings in the Wrestling FILA Cadet Asian Championships will qualify to take part in the FILA Freestyle Wrestling Youth World Cup.
Yesterday, matches of Greco-Roman wrestling in seven weight classifications took place, and the last three Greco-Roman weight classification matches are scheduled today. Women’s wrestling matches will also start today.
As of 2:00 pm yesterday, four Mongolian athletes were wrestling for the first time in Greco-Roman style. Mongolia’s first-ever victory went to E.Tserentogtokh, who won a bout with Tajikistan wrestler in the 54 kg weight class by 12:4.
President of the Mongolian Freestyle Wrestling Association, D.Dagvadorj, said during the start of the competition, “Mongolian cadet wrestlers are participating in the Asian Championships in Greco-Roman style for the first time. As this style doesn’t enlist legs, our cadet wrestlers are lacking in experience. But winning or losing is of no importance. It will be a great practice for our wrestlers to train for the Olympics in the Greco-Roman style.
Also, several foreign athletes lost matches as they lost too much weight to meet their weight classes. Likewise, many Mongolian wrestlers lose weight before matches, which affects their health and strength too. Losing too much weight is highly dangerous for the children between the ages of eight and 15.”
Mongolian Olympics Level referee, B.Tumurbaatar, is the general referee of the championship, leading 16 other referees.
Vice President of FILA (International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles), Tomiaki Fukuda, and several other foreign officials attended the opening ceremony.
The wrestlers are staying at Nairamdal Camp.
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