Yesterday, on October 14, the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) Congress was held at the Kremlin Resort in Antalya, Turkey, where the World Armwrestling Championship is taking place. According to past experience, all the delegates were ready for lively discussions and even battles. And Congress did not disappoint them and even more - it exceeded all expectations. ()
Representatives of 41 national federations took part in the Congress.
At the beginning the President of the World Federation Assen Khadzhitodorov took the floor. He spoke about the last year successes of the Federation, about the meetings with the leaders of the Paralympic Committee and about the prospects of including arm wrestling in the program of the Paralympic Games. The World Armwrestling Federation made the necessary changes to the package of documents required for the inclusion of our sports discipline in the Paralympic family and these changes were presented to the participants of the Congress.
The President also proposed to vote on the establishment of the International Day of Arm Wrestling on April 20. Congress participants voted unanimously for the annual celebration of this date.
After that, topics such as the WAF budget for 2018, the approval of Azerbaijan as a host country for the World Armwrestling Championship in 2021, the admission of two new members (Mali, Palestine) to the world federation were considered and put to the vote.
The participants of the Congress supported all the proposals of the Directorate and proceeded to consider the proposals of national and continental federations.
The Asian Federation made the largest number of proposals and they all were about refereeing. The main discussion unfolded around these proposals, and it is not over yet. It is worth to dwell on these proposals in more detail.
The main motive that unites the proposed changes was a large number of referee mistakes, which are fraught with serious consequences for athletes and, at the same time, do not entail any consequences for the referee who made the mistake.
The Asian Federation offered to introduce video fixation of matches as a tool to confirm or challenge a referee call. In the second place, to assess the correctness of the referee decision, it was proposed to introduce a jury consisting of 7-9 people, which will decide on the contested situation. Previously, this was the exclusive competence of the Head Referee.