Julfalakyan Elected Athletes’ Commission Chairman

By Eric Olanowski

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (October 19) -- United World Wrestling has announced that Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) was elected Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission.

Julfalakayan was selected as the Commission’s Chairman by the six other Athletes’ Commission members -- Tamas LORINCZ, (HUN), Yui SUSAKI (JPN), Hassan YAZDANICHARATI (IRI), Maxwell LACEY GARITA, (CRC), Blessing OBORUDUDU (NGR) and Jessica LAVERS-MCBAIN (AUS) – who were voted into office by their fellow athletes through voting that took place at the ‘21 Senior World Wrestling Championships in Oslo, Norway.

“I wanted to express my gratitude to my peers in the Athletes' Commission for their trust and support during the elections. It’s a great honor for me to become the Chairman of the Commission,” said the London Olympic silver medalist.

Julfalakayan has served as an active member of the Athletes' Commission since ’17 but will now be a voting member of the United World Wrestling Bureau. He replaces ‘12 London Olympic champion and five-time world gold medalist Jordan BURROUGHS (USA), who has served in the role since September 2017.

In addition to sitting on the Bureau as the Athletes’ representative, Julfalakayan will also represent wrestlers/wrestling in the IOC Athletes Forum, WADA and in other organizations.

“I’ll make sure to use all my knowledge, experience and energy to bring the Commission to even a higher level. Of course, that will be possible only with tightest cooperation with all the members of Commission and UWW,”

Julfalakayan’s first responsibility as the Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission will come later this month in Belgrade, Serbia, at the UWW Bureau and Congress meeting.

The Athletes' Commission was established in 2013 with the role of protecting the rights and interests of all United World Wrestling Olympic style athletes. The Athletes' Commission members reach out and communicate with active athletes as peers to collect feedback.

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UWW Medical Commission Participates in IOC Conference

By United World Wrestling Press

As the year comes to a close, United World Wrestling Medical Commission participated in the International Olympic Committee World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport and made presentations on some of the work of the UWW Medical Commission.

The two-day conference which was held on Sunday and Monday was attended by Dr Shadgan and Dr Molnar. The team put up a presentation on two topics -- Wrestling injuries during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Referees can prevent injuries in wrestling; an experience from the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

The two presentations also found a place in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

At the Tokyo Games, 287 wrestlers participated and only 28 injuries were recorded during 322 bouts, resulting in 9.8 injuries per 100 athletes and 8.7 injuries per 100 bouts. For details, fans can access the full presentation here.

At the two youth events in 2018, 768 junior wrestlers participated in the Youth Olympic Games and Junior World Championships. The injury rate was 4.54 percent and 10.64 percent respectively. Full details of the presentation can be found here.

Dr Shadgan also participated in the International Federation's Medical Commission Chairpersons on November 24. The conference was organized by IOC.

In another step for the safety of the wrestlers, Hungary's Marton Tomin also made a presentation on 'development of wrestling mat materials to achieve better mechanical properties and improve the safety of the athletes.'