What is the difference between PAL National representatives and certified organizers? With this question we turned to PAL Communications Manager Kirill Yakovlev and this is what he told us. ()
Professional Armwrestling market today.
Since the launch of the United Professional Arm Wrestling Rating (URPA) in December 2018, we have agreed to cooperate with 16 organizations around the world that cover more than 80 countries with their activities. Unfortunately, today we do not know exactly how many future professional armwrestlers live in these countries, but according to our approximate modest estimates, this is at least 300,000 people.
The main task of the URPA team is to help local athletes and organizers to gain access to an international rating in order to legitimize our sport in their countries and to attract sponsors and government organizations to develop and promote armwrestling. This will enable athletes to build a professional career, organizers and promoters - to build a sports business on a reliable foundation and to offer athletes and the general public interesting events with good cash prizes and a history of fights of participants.
To accomplish this task, in order to implement the URPA standards in the most remote corners of the planet, we need to create local centers for information support and training for athletes, referees, tournament secretaries, local organizers. The function of such centers will be performed by the National Representatives. Also, their responsibility is to resolve issues of compliance with the rating of local legislation and the implementation of large national projects in conjunction with the Professional Armwrestling League.
Igor Mazurenko and I are now at the airport after a 13-hour flight from Southeast Asia. We visited China and Malaysia, where we held talks with our national representatives in the region.
Today we receive a lot of applications from various organizations about the direct cooperation. In some countries, there is a certain competition between arm wrestling organizations. On this occasion, I would like to say the following.