The first WAF World Championship was held in Poland in 2001 and 560 athletes from 29 countries took part in it. At that time, it was a record number of participants.
For the second time, the World’s took place in Poland in 2013 and it also distinguished itself with a record number of participants - 1,200 athletes. This record lasted until 2018, when a few dozen more athletes came to the tournament in Turkey.
In 2019, according to the hosts, Poland is preparing to set a new record - at least 1600 participants.
The Championship will be held from August 30 to September 8 in the Polish city of Katowice, which, following the already known to all armrestlers of the world city of Rumia, is increasingly opening its hospitable arms for our sports discipline.
Another interesting fact about the upcoming Championship is that for the first time in the history of the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF), an age category for the 14-16 years old athletes will be opened at the tournament. The decision to open this category was truly a breakthrough, as it grows annually faster than any other category and is a serious foundation for the future.
In 2019, Poland celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Polish armwrestling. In 1999, Igor Mazurenko organized the first international tournament, which was attended by athletes from Poland and Ukraine.
The holding of the largest World Championships in 2019 in Poland will be the best summing up of the twenty-year history of armwrestling in the country.