Nenad Lalovic Elected FILA President as Wrestling Looks to Modernise

May 20, 2013

Nenad Lalovic has been appointed as the President of International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) and will head the organisation as they look for Olympic recognition.

Wrestling was controversially axed from the 2020 Olympic Games programme and Lalovic had been interim President since February, when Raphaël Martinetti stood down.

Lalovic received 125 for votes and seven against at the Extraordinary Congress held in Moscow on the weekend.

Lalovic said: “I thank you for your trust and confidence. What goes on in this room today and the days that follow will determine if we are an Olympic sport after 2016.

“We have been given a strong message by the IOC. How we answer that message will determine if our future includes the Olympic Games.

“We need to convince the IOC that we will listen to them.”

The Serbian had been a member of FILA’s ruling Bureau since 2006 and he is now tasked with modernising wrestling to convince the IOC they should be in the Olympics.

In presenting Lalovic, FILA Vice President Dr. Metteo Pellicone of Italy said that ‘Mr. Lalovic did everything possible to overcome our situation and maintain the position of wrestling on the Olympic program.’

Rule changes

FILA also approved a new set of rules, which will be put in place immediately, starting with any competitions held on Sunday, May 19. There are some differences between Greco-Roman and freestyle, but there were many specific rule changes which affect both styles. They include:

  • Cumulative score for the entire bout
  • The structure of the match is for two three-minute periods
  • A takedown is worth two points, making it more valuable than a point for the pushout or a penalty point.
  • There is a difference in what a technical fall will be. In freestyle, it will be a difference of 10 points, while in Greco-Roman, it will be a difference of seven points.
  • There will be separation of returning athletes from the previous World Championships, although it has not yet been determined if it will be just the two top two athletes or as many as four athletes.

Other changes included a mandatory women’s vice-president role and allowing athletes to become more involved in how the sport is run.

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