The 28th Senec Hand saw some Serbian competitors. For the first time in history they took part in an international IFA tournament. Time to learn something about them and their organization from Milos Zeljic Prezident of Serbia Federation. ()
28th Senec Hand link to results
PeSzy: When did armwrestling come to Serbia?
Milos Zeljic: Armwrestling as a sport arrived in Serbia in 2009, when there were over 100 competitors in the first tournament. Marcelo Rusovan started the sport. The road to our Union was difficult, but we succeeded. Our Saiyan club was already running smaller tournaments at that time, but over time the administration changed and our sport started to lose its importance and there were fewer and fewer competitors. There was a state championship of 60 competitors. We tried to organize our first international tournament, we organized everything, we agreed with a lot of foreign competitors to come to us, and that arrangement was mediated by another organization. Two weeks before the tournament we spoke to foreign judges with whom we agreed to judge us but they, apparently, had been informed that the tournament had been canceled.
That organization cancelled my tournament, which I financed from my own pocket, behind my back, and blackmailed a lot of competitors, banned them to come to our tournament without even telling me that they did it. They wanted to surprise me like that on the day of the tournament and ruin my club.
I was lucky to find out about it in time and to include the high school championships in that tournament. Then, dissatisfied with the conditions of the new management, the club "SAIYAN" (SAJAN) separated in agreement with many clubs that were not registered at that time, and we started to do more serious tournaments. After that, the previously mentioned organization caused us problems, it prevented the competitors from coming to us, saying that if they come, they will ban them from national championships. After that, in cooperation with several clubs, we founded the Serbian armwrestling league and started working on the State Championship. We were the first in Serbia to start competitions for amateurs where we got a lot of new participants and we were the first in the country to do Armwrstling Championships in high schools. We started with one high school, and now after 5 years we work in 5 high schools and once a year between high schools. We are the only ones in the country doing armwrestling tournaments for schools. At the beginning of this year we founded two more clubs and formed the Serbian Armwrstling Union, joining it in IFA, and a month ago we founded another club and started the procedure for founding 3 more clubs in the country. So far, we have competed in Montenegro abroad, and Senec Hand is the first tournament of this level in which we participated, and yet we still managed to earn 4 medals in it. The plan of our Union is to have at least 8 clubs by the end of this year, and in two months, when the school holidays are over, in addition to the high school championship we will also start the primary school championships in armwrestling. One of the primary goals is to visit as many tournaments as possible organized by IFA, and to meet as many people from our sport as possible. In Senec we saw how much stronger European countries are with the knowledge in our sport, and we want to follow in the footsteps of those countries. The Saiyan Club, from which the Union was formed, has been running tournaments for 6 years, both nationally and internationally. The president and founder of the Serbian Armwrestling Union is Milos Zeljic.