The Armfight Tournament “TOP 8”, which the Professional League of Arm Wrestling (PAL) is going to hold in 2019, will be the most stellar and longest tournament in the history of armwrestling. Fans of arm wrestling around the world are already actively discussing the upcoming event and ask many questions about the participants, the place and time of the event and how a professional athlete can take part in this prestigious tournament. We redirected these questions to Igor Mazurenko, President of PAL, the main instigator and promoter of this event. ()
For the beginning, I'd like to say that the idea of such a tournament arose long ago and, at first, the project was called “TOP 16”. It was assumed that the 16 best armwrestlers of the world will fight every 2 months and, as a result, will share the first 16 positions of the world ranking. But, as they say, the project “did not go” and there were several reasons for that.
First of all, for the participants 4 events per year meant 8 months of continuous voltage without the possibility of recovery between events. That is, it was almost impossible physically.
Secondly, the project turned out to be financially cumbersome and at that time demanded huge investments. We began to look for sponsors, to negotiate with television in the United States, but, unfortunately, we did not find partners willing to finance our project.
And the third reason was the lack of an objective rating of professional armwrestling, which would give the opportunity to select the 16 best armwrestlers to participate. Simply put, we didn’t have enough armwrestling stars to ensure that the TOP 16 pool of participants didn’t cause any questions.
There were a number of smaller issues as well. Therefore, it was decided to postpone the project to a later time.
2018 was a breakthrough year for PAL.
Our team threw all its strength and resources in order for this breakthrough to take place. We conducted the most "star" Vendetta in the history of armwrestling, we completely changed the approach to the promotion of our events, we created a referral program for armwrestling fans, we continue to improve the Armbets TV video platform , and most importantly - by the end of the year we launch the Unified Rating of Professional Arm Wrestling . And the top division of this rating is the “TOP 8” division.
We managed to raise a new wave of armwrestling enthusiasm. And on this wave, we decided to go higher and immediately launch the “TOP 8” project.
Place and time
Again we face a very difficult challenge. The project TOP 8 consists of 3 events that will be held in different countries.