A delegation of the Professional Armwrestling League (PAL) visited the People’s Republic of China at the invitation of the D1 Group. During the 2-day visit, negotiations were conducted with potential partners, sponsors, and prospects for Chinese Tiger entering the arena of world professional arm wrestling were discussed. ()
Here is what Igor Mazurenko, President of PAL, told us about his visit to China:
In 2008, the People’s Republic of China showed the world that its leadership took the development of various sports disciplines very seriously. For obvious reasons, the emphasis was on Olympic sports. The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, for which the Chinese government did not limit resources, gave not only a strong impetus for the development of sports in the country, but also secured a respectful attitude to the development of sports by local authorities. Professionals, former champions and world champions, who know the problems and goals of the sports industry like no one else, have come to the Sports Affairs Committees. Over the past 10 years, huge changes have occurred in China, which today open up great opportunities for non-Olympic sports such as armwrestling. We were convinced of this during our visit.
All these years our sport has been developing thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts. And so, first of all, I would like to thank the D1 team for the invitation, the mega-productive schedule of our work and for the sincere love for our sport.
The D1 group, today, is the leader in the number and quality of armwrestling competitions held by it. Despite partial informational isolation, these enthusiasts are aware of everything that is happening in the world armwrestling today, invest all their finances and all their energy in our sport and see their future in armwrestling. In this we have a lot in common.
We held talks on cooperation, outlined steps to work on a joint agreement.
The plans of the group D1 - holding an unprecedented in scale "China Open” armwrestling tournament. I believe that this event can be compared at least with the entrance of armwrestling to the Olympic Games.