2021 is here. Each of us subconsciously hoped that with the departure of 2020 all the problems it brought to us would evaporate immediately. But, unfortunately, the problems of the past year were and are so fundamental that to overcome them it is not enough just to turn over the sheet of the calendar. ()
Let's start with the most significant event in the world of armwrestling - the "TOP 8" Championship. The 2020 season, canceled due to the pandemic, was supposed to be another mountain top conquered not only by PAL, but also by the entire international armwrestling community. Indeed, this season should have been attended by the biggest armwrestling legends, including John Brzenk.
The 2020 season was supposed to be a powerful leap forward for the entire sport discipline as PAL did a lot of preparatory work in 2019.
In particular, contracts were signed with the world's largest sports television agencies at the world's largest TV content exhibition «Sportel". If the TOP 8 2020 season took place arm wrestling would appear on television screens in at least 50 countries.
Back in early 2020, we have visited the United States and other countries for talks with sponsors and we were building big plans. But the COVID-19 pandemic prevented our plans from coming true.
However, 2020 was not wasted for us. It was decided to use this time for "regrouping" forces, revising concepts and accents in work.
Among the positive conclusions, I would like to note the following. First, PAL entered 2020 prepared for the digital revolution.
The innovative URPA rating, in conjunction with the competition program, allowed the organizers to host world-class competitions within their countries with closed borders. Entering 2021, we are convinced that we have laid a powerful foundation for the further systemic development of the armwrestling industry. In the near future, all participants in the ranking will feel new benefits, including financial instruments to support athletes and organizers.
We have conducted hundreds of online training seminars for organizers and secretaries.