The tournament of the highest division of the Unified Professional Armwrestling Rating (ORPA) - “TOP 8” Tournament, which was announced by PAL President Igor Mazurenko for 2019, has become the number one discussion topic in the armwrestling community. So, let's see how this tournament will take place and why Igor Mazurenko claims that there will be no losers in this competition. ()
First of all, it is very important to note that the emergence of the “TOP 8” tournament as the top division of the new global PAL rating was the answer to the question that most armwrestling fans were worried about.
This question was: is there life after the “Zloty Tur” World Cup?
For many years, the Professional World Cup was the highest point in the career of a professional armwrestler and many felt that there was some kind of incompleteness in this. Armwrestling went ahead, the number of stars grew, but, unfortunately, only one athlete in the category could become the winner of this the most prestigious tournament. The PAL Vendetta discharged the situation a bit, and in recent years, 6 round fights have been held within the framework of the “Zloty Tur” and due to the outflow of the “old” elite, a place has been freed for new talents. However, the need for a top division was still there, as the status of the Vendetta participants in relation to the “Zloty Tur” participants was unclear.
So, the first “TOP 8” tournament will be held in 2019. 8 strongest arm wrestlers of the world will take part in it and three more additional participants will make a reserve of the first season in case of unforeseen situations.