The historical significance of this tournament lies in the fact that this is the first international professional armwrestling tournament in the Eastern part of India, in which the record number of participants for today - more than 300 - has taken part.
The first in the history of Assam, the tournament became the second in the history of India. With the support of the global Professional Armwrestling League, the first international professional rating tournament Bulldog Showdown in Bangalore was held in March 2019. Despite the fact that a little more than 70 people took part in the first tournament, almost all the states of India where armwrestling is developing fastest were represented there. As noted by Kirill Yakovlev, PAL Communications Director, the second tournament in the country, with the number of participants many times greater than the previous one, is a sign of a solid foundation for further development of our sport in India.
Ronnie Sehgal - CEO of Bulldog Armwrestling, noted that he would like to express deep appreciation on behalf of his company and the entire world professional armwrestling, to the main organizers of the tournament in Assam - Mr. Anup Rajkonwar, Mr. Hridaynanda Konwar, Mr. Jugal Kishor Mahanta, Mr. Lakhya Konwar, as well as other members and advisers to the organizing team.
Zil Fadli, PAL Head Referee, directly supervised the tournament and thanks to this, the event was held at a very high emotional level in strict accordance with international rules of professional armwrestling.
Igor Mazurenko, President of PAL, noted that the high level of organization of the tournament, the size of the prize money, the growing professionalism of the Bulldog team in organizing professional armwrestling events indicate that the huge potential of Indian armwrestling will be revealed much faster than planned. Already today, plans have been outlined for the development of training programs for all age categories of athletes in all states of India. Over the next 3 years, PAL, together with its national partner Bulldog Armwrestling, plans to host several hundred URPA tournaments of various formats.
Ronnie Sehgal also announced that the formation of the Indian delegation to the “Zloty Tur” Professional World Cup 2019 in Poland has already begun, and also announced the holding of the National Indian Championship under the auspices of the new Indian armwrestling federation -BCAI (Board of Control for Armwrestling in India), the winners of which will perform at the World Armwrestling Championships under the International Armwrestling Federation (IFA) in December 2019.
In detail about the results of Assam URPA World Ranking Showdown armpower.net will tell in subsequent publications. Stay tuned!