According to the rules of the tournament, after the announcement of the pool of its participants, who are divided into Champions and Contenders during the selection process, the first stage draw must be held. The draw will be held in a special way so that in the first event the Champion will meet with the Contender.
Igor Mazurenko, President of the Professional Armwrestling League and the main promoter of the tournament, explained that this principle is necessary in order to give every Contender a chance to challenge the Champion. In the second Stage there will also be a draw, but already separately among the winners of the first stage (group “A”) and losers (group “B”). Group “A” participants will continue the struggle for places 1-4 and Group “B” participants - for places 5-8.
When will the draw take place?
We already have experience in the drawing under this scheme. We conducted a similar draw during the “World Armfight Cup” tournament back in June 2012. But then it was done somewhat spontaneously, just before the tournament. I think that was a mistake. The first draw "TOP 8" will take place no later than a month before the first stage in order to give athletes time to prepare physically, morally and tactically. I’m sure it will allow them to unfold their best potential and give their fans the highest level of entertainment.
Given that the preliminary date is the beginning of April, the draw will take place in late February - early March.
You can read more about the TOP 8 tournament by clicking on the link: http://en.armpower.net/article/4658/top-8-tournament-structure-disclosed