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Countries, Featured, India »

[ 18 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]
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The growth of women’s wrestling since the Olympics has been astronomical. In 2004, twenty countries sent women to wrestle at the Athens Games. That number jumped to 42 countries for the London Games in 2012. With the increase in weight-classes from four to six  for the Rio Games in 2016,  even more opportunities have been created for women in wrestling.
One of the reasons there has been such an upswing in wrestling’s popularity in India (a country of over a billion …

Countries, Featured, Russia »

[ 7 Nov 2013 | One Comment ]

In the past year we have written about the growth of women’s wrestling in the US and within the Olympic Games. At the 2004 Games in Athens– the first year women wrestled at the Olympics — 20 countries sent women to compete. By the 2012 Games in London that number jumped to 42 countries. That number is expected to rise again in 2016 where women will have two more weight classes added to the competition, for a total of 24 …

Countries, Featured, Senegal »

[ 12 Apr 2013 | One Comment ]
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Women’s Senegalese Wrestling and the Real Victims of the IOC
T.R. Foley
For centuries female wrestlers in Senegal have competed in seasonal wrestling matches as a way to help create good fortune for the annual rice crop. However, with the expansion of Olympic opportunities for women in wrestling the nation’s most-talented female wrestlers have become accustomed to using the sport as a vessel for recognition on the international stage and fighting for equal rights at home. It’s an opportunity that gives Senegalese women hope for …

Featured, Last Man Standing, Mongolia »

[ 16 Sep 2011 | 6 Comments ]
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Twenty four hours into my return trip to Mongolia and there is already plenty to report; including a new wrestling video, updates from the Guinness World Record tournament and some surprising news from the World Championships in Turkey. All that and a weather update from the coldest capital city in the world.
The Mongolian national team is in Turkey right now, leaving me without many of my closest in-country contacts. Tomorrow is the start of Mongolia’s record-breaking 4096 man wrestling tournament …

Featured, United States »

[ 24 Aug 2011 | 3 Comments ]

Don’t look now, but the rule of skirts in girl’s sports might one day be replaced by battle-hardened female wrestlers. The ground swell of participation in wrestling by high school girls topped a recent survey conducted by the The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHA) in percentage increase of participation.
The number of girl wrestlers in high schools grew to 7,351 athletes, an increase of 1,217 wrestlers from the previous year (an impressive 19.8 percent increase). This made girls …

Featured, Last Man Standing, Mongolia »

[ 22 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments ]
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Part of my research in Mongolia is trying to understand what it is about wrestling that has kept the attraction of Mongolians for centuries. There are possible explanations in their landscape and lifestyle, and certainly their physical hardiness seems to play a role (though I’ve only been in and around UB…). However, one of the reasons (or is it result) I’ve seen is that Mongolians genuinely seem to enjoy participating in wrestling. That is, they love to wrestle.
Wrestling is different …