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23 September, Thursday

Ufa   °

Bashkiria is preparing to host World Wrestling Junior Championship


The Bashkir capital will host the World Wrestling Championship among juniors from August 11 to 23, held for the first time in Russia.

1.5 thousand athletes from more than 50 countries of the world have entered the competition. The world-class competitions will be held in the universal sports arena "Ufa-Arena".

The event will be held in compliance with all sanitary rules and requirements, the republic's government emphasized.

As the Minister of Sports of Bashkiria Ruslan Khabibov explained, participants, guests, and media representatives from other countries, upon entering Russia, must present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 made no earlier than 72 hours from the moment of arrival in the country.

The youth wrestling championship will be held in non-Olympic and Olympic disciplines of wrestling: from August 11 to 14 — in grappling, from August 15 to 23 — in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling.

The decision to hold the World Championship in Bashkiria in 2021 was made during the bid campaign held at the UWW (United World Wrestling) Congress as part of the World Wrestling Championship in Kazakhstan in September 2019.

According to the results of the application campaign, among the countries participating in the youth championship are Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Russia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Slovenia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, the USA, and Uzbekistan.

At the moment, five grapplers and three Greco-Roman-style wrestlers are undergoing qualifying camps for participation in the world championship.

/translated by Tatiana Aksyutina
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