It seems that the situtation between WAF and PAL makes a sportsman to choose. But the desicion coul be not so dramatic as we thought. Vasiliy Kuznetsov (CEO, "Iron Rating") explains. ()
So, arm wrestling came to the conclusion that powerlifting survived 10 years ago - the emergence of an alternative Federation, which is the PAL league of Igor Mazurenko and the fight against dissidents by the WAF.
There are a lot of talks around this story. Everyone is trying to understand who is bad here and who is good, and what each of us should do in this situation. Let's start with the first - with the guilty.
Who is to blame?
The paradox of the situation is that there are no bad and good ones here. What is happening is the natural development of sports. Armwrestling is growing, there are more and more followers of this sport, and they no longer fit in one format. Let's just say this - what is happening will benefit our sport!
Firstly, competition is always good! Imagine if you had one “Iron rating”, with its annoying biceps curl! But you can find information for every taste, someone is watching BodyMania, someone likes Andrey Lutsenko, someone – Denis Gusev.
Secondly, the world armwrestling has long been in need of a professional division! Still, to win the world championship 14 times, it's like taking the final exams at school 14 times. It seems there is a school, but the institute has not been built yet.
Thirdly, with the growing popularity of armwrestling, there is simply not enough physical space for everyone in one federation. Imagine that there is only UFC in the world. Imagine what a queue for a title fight would be? There’s a confusion still, but in such situation fighters would have the right to fight for the title, along with a pension certificate.
No let go!
The restrictions on performance in competing organizations came along with the division.