Benin Wrestling Federation Conducts Level 2 Course on Introduction of Refereeing and Wrestlers

By United World Wrestling Press

The Benin Wrestling Federation with the support of United World Wrestling (UWW) and the United Francophones Federations (UFFL) recently conducted a weeklong course for level 2 coaches on the introduction of refereeing and wrestlers. The courses launched May 17 at the  Auditorium Marius Francisco of CNOS-Ben and concluded May 29.

Twenty-eight participants, including four women, from all departments of Benin were able to build their competences around refereeing, coaching, preparation and development. Under the leadership of Vincent Aka and Christian Danga, two experts from United World Wrestling, these training courses offered the participants the opportunity to acquire new lessons to enrich their knowledge of Olympic wrestling.

At the opening ceremony, Benin Wrestling Federation President Yves Azifan spoke on the importance of the courses and promised to make it a real opportunity to boost the development of Benin wrestling.

"In view of the new sports policy defined above all with the will of the new Executive Committee, to set up a national technical direction, the Benin Wrestling Federation undertakes to make operational, all the referees and coaches who take part to this course for the promotion and the development of the Beninese fight," said Azifan.

Christian Danga situated the context in which these training course took place and invited the beneficiaries to make the most of them. 

"This training should not take place. We really had to stand up and say something had to be done. Because right now the corona is there and always proves everyone right not to work. The whole point is not to come and think about getting a diploma and going home. We want people who work. What are you going to do with what you are going to receive? We cannot talk about development without training. When we train, it's to develop. If people don't develop, it's absolutely no use."

Fernando Hessou, secretary general of the Benin National Olympic and Sports Committee, spoke on the importance of the training and instruction. 

"From now on we must make the development of skills our leitmotif," said Hessou. "No one will receive training and go to sleep on their laurels. It's over! We are fortunate to have experts who are our brothers and friends, who are ready to give us everything so that we have well-trained referees and coaches, people capable of investing in schools, rural areas, to find us wrestlers who will bring back medals. We have beaches. The whole south is covered with beaches. So, it's a chance to have experts like them, by focusing on training, it's wanting to move forward, ”

On behalf of the Minister of Sports, Christophe Nonvignon Okry invited the participants to attend and participate in a spirit of participation. 

"I must congratulate you on the chance to have them both at the same time for about a week. You should take advantage of this incredible chance that you have two experts. You should do everything to get the most out of them. You have to stay focused enough, get attached to what you are here for. Do not leave here with any doubts whatsoever ... No doubt should remain from the moment you have this chance. You should do everything to ensure that at the end of the roll, Benin can qualify athletes directly to the Olympic Games, "he said.


Pan-Am training camp wrestlers win 24 medals in Acapulco

By United World Wrestling Press

MEXICO CITY (May 21) -- Before the Senior Pan-American Championships in Acapulco, United World Wrestling and Mexico Wrestling Federation held a training camp from April 1 to May 2 in Mexico City.

A total of 74 wrestlers from eight different Pam-Am countries participated in the month-long camp. Wrestlers from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and Puerto Rico were at the camp and supported by UWW's Development Department Technical Assistance program.

Out of the 74 wrestlers who participated in the training camp, 24 stepped up on the podium at the 2022 Pan-Am Championships in Acapulco, and 14 won a quota for their countries for the 2023 Pan-American Games to be held in Santiago, Chile.

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The wrestlers were housed at the Mexican Olympic Sports Center (CDOM) for 23 days of the camp and were provided with all the necessary facilities for optimal performance. They had three meals, planned according to the nutritional needs of high-performance athletes, per day in the CDOM dining room.

All participants had access to the different facilities of the CDOM including the mat sessions which were held in the recently inaugurated Olympic Wrestling Gymnasium, a facility that has three official mats, a sauna, showers, physical conditioning equipment, ice machine, among other amenities for the athletes. They also had training sessions in the physical conditioning gymnasium and the athletics track of the CDOM.

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For recreation, the wrestlers had access to different amenities, such as television, board games, foosball, and movie projection, among others.

All the coaches for the different countries had an active role in the development of the training sessions, making this training camp enjoyable for all the participants and creating partnerships between countries.

Medical, psychological, and physiotherapeutic care to all participants who required it was also provided by Dr. Jacques Rogge of the Center of Medicine and Applied Sports Sciences. 
Medical specialists were available 24-hours a day and an ambulance was available in case of an emergency.