Wrestlers take to the floor alongside IOC President for launch of “Super 8” campaign

15 Jan 2015
IOC News

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach joined United World Wrestling (UWW) President Nenad Lalovic and Olympic wrestlers at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne this week to kick off UWW’s “Super 8” campaign promoting gender equality in the sport.

IOC President Thomas Bach and various representatives of the IOC and UWW watched as the athletes began a demonstration of popular wrestling techniques. Later, along with IOC Executive Board member and Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Claudia Bokel, the President took to the floor and was coached on a takedown technique.

An eight-week programme that will conclude on International Women’s Day on 8 March, the “Super 8” campaign brings together eight female wrestlers, including three Olympic champions, for two months of activities to raise awareness of women’s wrestling and increase female participation at all levels of the sport. This initiative follows the International Federation’s pledge in 2013 to ensure gender equity in wrestling.

UWW President Lalovic stated: “We’re committed to matching the IOC and President Bach’s pledge to ensure more opportunities for female athletes around the world. This event is only the beginning of our progress. I know that we are united in our goals.”

Olympic silver medallist Claudia Bokel also attended a meeting of the wrestling body’s newly-formed Athlete Commission and participated in a panel discussion on women in wrestling and international sport.

Speaking at the event, Bokel said: “This was a great day spent with a wonderful group of female athletes and leaders. This positive action is working well for wrestling, and I think it opens the way for future development. In the end, this is really about the sport and the athletes.”

For more information, visit UWW: http://unitedworldwrestling.org/.

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