There have been some discussions about where armwrestling should go in the future. Some say armwrestling should be an entertaining show without so much caring about the rules that internationally perfected to create a fair play for the athletes by the experiences of decades. And others think that we should respect our sport, our athletes, our refs and we should be faithful to decades of evolution in armwrestling. ()
In my opinion the daily material benefits should not cause us to be unfaithful to our sport. It's future should be a recognition by IOC. We are athletes and our sport can not be a toy of people's business. I support professional events as long as they provide a fair play competition.
WAF was kind of too strict about fouls in slips but lately I see that as long as it is not intentional they call it strap match. This choice relaxed the competitors and made the events more public friendly. WAF's elbow pads were too hard but lately they are more flexible and not directly causing elbow fouls.
I believe that our future is with the official recognition by IOC and even if we don’t see this dream come true I believe that new generations will see. Being recognized by the Sport Accord was a GREAT step unto this target and I am expecting Para Armwrestling to become a part of the Paralympic Games in near future.
Armwrestling can not lose it's solid and permanent future for the sake of temporary popularism seeking of today. We need to protect the respect for ourselves to build a solid future.