On August 10 and 11 in Odessa, the Beach Sports Center hosted the World Series of Beach Wrestling Adult Series and the Beach Cadet and Junior World Championships. Competitions in this sport of this magnitude are held for the first time in the history of the post-Soviet countries. The organizers of the grand sporting event were the All-Ukrainian Beach Wrestling Federation and the Mongoose NGO, sponsored by United World Wrestling. Both tournaments are included in the official UWW calendar.
In total, more than 120 fighters from Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Greece, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Belarus, USA, Estonia, Austria, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Ukraine came to South Palmyra. 44 national athletes represented our national team.
International competitions were opened by the Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Beach Wrestling Federation, President of the NGO Mangust, Honored Coach of Ukraine, Magomed Magdiyev and President of the Committee of Associative Styles of Fighting United World Wrestling Pedro Silva.
"The Mangust NGO and the All-Ukrainian Beach Wrestling Federation are working together to develop this wonderful sport. Such holidays have become a good tradition. We are hosting this tournament for the third year in a row, but for the first time at such a high level. We hope that we will be able to continue to develop and increase our turnover. Because of sports events of this magnitude, we declare Ukraine at the international level, "said Magomed Magdiyev.
In turn, Pedro Silva thanked the organizers and praised the level of the championship.
In the best folk traditions, organizers and honored guests of the tournament, Ukrainian loot was presented, participants from the Storm Fighting Club held a masterclass on Ukrainian Fighting Hopak, and cheerleading champions from the Secret team were pleased with the bright performance.
On the first day of the World Series of Beach Wrestling, men competed in four weight categories of 70 kg, 80 kg, 90 kg, and +90 kg. In 70 kg the champion and the real star of the tournament was the student of the Mangust sports club Semen Radulov. He also received the Best Cast Award!
"I have been participating in beach wrestling competitions since 2017," says Semen Radulov, "I compete in every competition. This sport is evolving and I enjoy developing it. Over the last three years, we have seen the geography of countries expand and the number of athletes increased. These are strong rivals who have achieved considerable results in freestyle wrestling and have now switched to beach wrestling. It was not difficult for me to change from a freestyle wrestling to the beach. I did it. I want to continue moving in this direction. Now my goal is to participate in the final stage of the World Series, and then to participate in the World Games, which are held once every 4 years. I want to win it. "
In total in the Odessa Beach Wrestling World Series Ukraine won 6 gold medals, 7 silver and 5 athletes became bronze medal winners.
In the World Beach Wrestling Championships, which took place on August 11th in the team cadet standings, Ukraine took first place. Turkey became the second, and the United States received a bronze. As for the juniors, here too the owners of the sand won the "gold". The vice-champion of the world championship was a team from Turkey, but the "bronze" winners - guests from Norway.
"Preparation for today's tournament lasted for six months. We tried to show the best composition of athletes, referee and coaches. This year, the All-Ukrainian Beach Wrestling Federation set its first precedent, breaking away from the Sports Wrestling Association, setting an example for other countries. Now the beach fight has the opportunity to develop as an individual sport, "- said the director of the Mangust Public Organization Tatiana Akulenko.
It should be noted that the first stage of the World Series of Sand Fighting took place in Portugal, the second - in Brazil and the third stage was accepted in Ukraine. The final stage will be held on September 6-7 in Croatian Zagreb.