Mijaín writes a golden chapter in the history of the Pan American Games, with his last performance, and adds to that of the Cuban Revolution in sports
LIMA (August 9) — During the 2018 Central American and Caribbean in Barranquilla, I almost missed seeing Mijaín López compete. He set a record for the shortest time on the mat. I remember that his longest fight lasted 24 seconds. He won the gold medal in 17 seconds. Continue reading
New Europe: The wrestling authorities and athletes from the United States and Iran may have accomplished what for so many years the diplomats and warmongers have not. The International Olympic Committee announced in February that wrestling will be excluded from its list of core sports. In a rare alliance the US and Iran have joined forces to keep wrestling into Olympic Games’ program. At the start of the Wrestling World Cup, hosted in Tehran from February 21-22, American and Iranian athletes held hands and smiled to the crowd, while standing behind a long banner that read: “Olympics without wrestling! never never” in both English and Farsi. “We need the backing of Iran and Russia… to preserve wrestling, and this goes beyond politics… Iran is one of the powers in wrestling and can defend the game’s credibility,” said Rich Bender, executive director of USA Wrestling, according to the ISNA state news agency.
By SHARATH S. SRIVATSA, The Hindu
MYSORE SEPT. 16 ‘Nada kusti’, the traditional form of wrestling, is in the throes of extinction, thanks largely to Government indifference and lack of interest among the public. Continue reading