In 1999, I noticed that from the beer amusement armwrestling turned into a real sport. ()
This was justified, first of all, by printed literature, scientific publications and the way of preparing participants of various tournaments and competitions. At the same time, without special training, it was impossible to win a competition like the World or European championship. But this was not enough, we started to hold the competitions at special tables that had the specified sizes and standards. Nevertheless, I was faced with the fact that many people considered our sports discipline as a beer entertainment. Even now, those who after visiting our Worlds', different tournaments and competitions, are perplexed, how could entertainment, taken out of bars, became a sport discipline? Yes, it took years. During these 15 years that I'm in armwrestling, I had to fight both organizational issues and a stamp of bar entertainment from people who are bred poorly. It will take many more years to change the mentality of the common man forever. But how can this be done?
The question, first of all, to the organizers of tournaments and competitions. Many of you, without losing time, come to the owners of entertainment establishments and offer their services and fun, and this is good and bad at the same time. It's good for those who like to fight, because for wrestling lovers any competition is always a holiday and bad for sports, because the sporting event still has to take place in the gym, or at least in the place where the different ways take place sport events. I do not want to say this as a reproach, but the fact of our appearance in the bar convinces ordinary people that it's all fun, not sport. But worst of all, when we are broadcasted from the bar on TV. Since there is no stable audience at the moment, we will not get many fans fighting in such place.
You will say that there is no difference, the most important is television. I'll say that there is a difference, and it's huge. Look, as an example, on disciplines that have a strong reputation and a wide audience in the media. For me, a classic example of media skills are WWE (World Wrestling Entertaiment) or UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).