Riga Open is a great tournament with a great history. This year its organizers – Janis Amolins and Raimonds Liepiņš – decided to join this tournament to the Unified Ranking of Professional Armwrestling and it became the first full-sized event, which results were submitted to URPA system. ()
We asked Raimonds Liepiņš to share his thoughts about Riga Open and its future.
Raimonds, tell, please, about the history of the tournament.
– Riga Open was started by Janis Amolins in 2002 if I'm correct, we always mess up the dates. It has had some of the world’s strongest athletes coming to Riga to fight with our own strongest athletes. Every championship has their own stars and all shine bright in my eyes. It's hard to pick which year was the best tournament, I'm very pleased by job my team did on organizing this event as well with all athletes that showed up this year.
Are you satisfied with this year’s event?
– We had biggest Open class in history with 26 competitors on left and 30 on right hand. We had most athletes coming from our neighbor country Lithuania, but also from Hungary, Ukraine and Estonia.
Your event was first full-sized event made with URPA system. What do you think about it?
– URPA system is another way for athletes to gain motivation and develop their carrier. Armwrestling right now isn`t like other professional sports, we have very little money and only hand of athletes get payed, but with this system you can compete and be more attractive to sponsors. I don`t see any harm coming from Unified rating, we have already too much misunderstandings in world of armwrestling and creating platform that gives more motivation and a will to compete will help us grow in every direction. Every time you make ranking, people will want to get higher, be first, so I think it`s a good idea.
Speaking about this case with WAF and URPA.