Dmitry Beskorovainy, President of the Ukrainian Armwrestling Federation, spoke about the situation that has developed in the world of arm wrestling and its influence on Ukrainian sport. ()
The moment came when it was necessary to comment on the current situation in the world and, as a result, in the Ukrainian arm wrestling. There are many questions about whether the Ukrainian Armwrestling Federation will become a member of the newly established international organization of the IFA - the International Federation of Armwrestling. The answer is simple: we do not need to become members of the IFA, as we are its co-founders. Our organization took part in the registration of IFA in Switzerland.
The decision on membership in the IFA was deliberate and made unanimously by all our members. Certainly, the preceding events were not favorable for the development of armwrestling both in the world and in Ukraine. The path taken by WAF (exclusion from participation in competitions that athletes and judges who participate in professional arm wrestling) is absolutely unacceptable for us and it will not benefit our sport. An example was taken from the IPF Powerlifting Federation, which excludes athletes in the same way. But the target audience of armwrestling is much smaller than in other sports, and such division is not appropriate. Also, large, unaccountable fees do not allow athletes to compete in WAF competitions.
In Ukraine, for many years, the situation was generally out of the ordinary, athletes were not allowed to compete without even explaining the reasons, due to a personal whim of the leadership of the Ukrainian Armsport Federation, and I personally encountered this.