Last weekend there was the second championship of Armwrestling in Moldova. The General Secretary of the National Federation Alexandru Grumeza tells about the results and innovations. ()
On March 17, 2018 the 2nd National Armwrestling Championship of the Republic of Moldova was held.
I want to note that this tournament was preceded by 2 important events of our national level.
On March 15, together with the Moldovan Anti-Doping Agency, a seminar on anti-doping, adapted specifically for arm-wrestling took place. Then, during the Championship, representatives of the Agency tested 3 athletes (1 - with disabilities, 1 girl, 1 senior).
On March 16, a referee seminar was held, which was attended by 17 people, 4 of whom were first admitted to the refereeing. The new referees strengthened the team of 5 Moldovan judges already attested earlier and at the championship they were assisted by 3 invited, experienced WAF referees from Romania. Competitions were held at 3 tables. This time we had more objections in comparison with the last year. There were 5 objections, of which 3 were rejected.
This Championship was our second and we can already compare some data. Firstly, 171 athletes took part in the tournament (last year - 95). Secondly, a new class for athletes with disabilities (PID) was introduced. In 2017, we had only VI and PIU classes. In the new class, 6 sportsmen were registered at once (next time we are going to approach the issue of classification more fundamentally).
This year 74 juniors pulled in 3 weight categories (9 sportsmen in 2017). The youngest age of athletes was 14 years. 38 young athletes in 4 categories (24 last year). 7 participants in the category of masters (only 2 masters in 2017). The oldest age was 57 years. 14 female athletes in 4 female categories (6 in 3 categories in 2017).