Alexander Karelin: we need to conduct a dialogue with International Ol...

07.03.2013 | World News RSS

Alexander Karelin: we need to conduct a dialogue with International Olympic Committee

Dear friends!

We are, wrestlers – continuators of glorious traditions of the most popular sport – Greco-roman wrestling.

The finals in different age groups at the any youth tournaments or National championships in Russia gather about 400 athletes and arouse sincere interest of several thousand armies of fans. However, the amount of athletes participating in such competitions, which by the way turn up to be qualifications for finals, exceed 4-5 times of that amount. And all of these are active, goal-oriented, hard-working and healthy young people. They are enter wrestling gymnasium with a big pile of expectations, on top of which is to become a participant of the Olympic Games. And for these young men, nobody has a right to deprive the opportunity to join one of the greatest achievements of world civilization, deprive their dreams to win the most prestigious competitions in the world of big sport.

Therefore, for the sake of continuation of the Olympic history of wrestling we should not deepen misunderstanding, we should not absorb unconstructive signs of protest, and we should not confuse the society with “bright” denial of Olympic medals, remember that “gold” was earned through sweat and blood and in fair fight. With patience and insistence, like ought to true wrestlers, we need to conduct a dialogue with International Olympic Committee, and demonstrate strong arguments, keeping in mind that we are representing vast group of wrestlers, powerful army of fans and wrestling lovers. 
It’s only a dialogue where in conversation of two sides we can reach common sense. Patience, mutual respect and urge for understanding will let all of us to find way out from current situation and history of Olympic wrestling will receive well-deserved continuation. 

Sincerely, Alexander Karelin

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