Beijing Olympics 2008 Wrestling

History of Wrestling Sports:

Two types of wrestling events are included in the Olympiad:

  • Freestyle Wrestling Event
  • Greco-Roman Wrestling Event

Wrestling

  • Wrestling is one of the oldest sports to be contested.
  • Wrestling was introduced to the ancient Olympics in 708 BC.
  • Freestyle wrestling is similar to American collegiate style.
  • Freestyle wrestling has unlimited hold.
  • Freestyle wrestling holds can be applied to any part of the body.
  • In Greco-Roman wrestling, the holds can be applied only to the upper body.
  • Women’s wrestling was introduced to the Olympic Games in 2004.
  • Wrestling was on the programme at the first modern Olympics in 1896.
  • 1900 was the only year that wrestling did not feature on the Olympic programme.
  • Till 1920, only the Greco-Roman style of wrestling was contested.
  • Since 1920, both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling have been consistently contested at the Olympics.
  • Since 1972, wrestling has had 10 classes in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.
  • In 2000, the classes in wrestling were reduced to 7.
  • Russia and the US have dominated the wrestling sport.

Venues for Wrestling Sport in Beijing Olympics 2008:

The wrestling event of the 29th Olympic Games will be held at China Agriculture University Gymnasium in Beijing from August 12-21, 2008.

Athlete Quota for Wrestling Event in Summer Olympics 2008:

  • 266 men
  • 64 women
  • 7 Oceania athletes (sex not specified)
  • 7 Final qualification places (sex not specified)
  • Total of 260 athletes

Equipments for Wrestling Sports:

  • A red or blue wrestling suit made of stretch material.
  • Soft leather boots with no heels or studs.

Rules for Wrestling Events:

  • The rules for the game shall be outlined by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles' (FILA).
  • Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) shall be the pursuant of the Olympic Charter.
  • Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) shall also be responsible for the technical control and direction of the sport.
  • In case of conflict, the decision rests in the hands of President of Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) or his Deputy.
  • Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) will be responsible for the appointment of 60 Referees.

Competition:

Format for Wrestling Sports:
  • The direct elimination system is adopted in competitions.
  • The ideal number of wrestlers is 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 and so on.
  • If the total number of wrestlers is not ideal, qualification matches will take place.
  • Pairing is done by random drawing of numbers.
  • The wrestlers who lost to finalists shall have repechage matches for the bronze medal.
  • The matches for each weight category complete in one day.
  • The category weigh-in takes place one day prior to the matches.
Order of Events

The competition takes place in the following manner:

  • Qualification round (if required)
  • Elimination rounds
  • Repechages
  • Finals

Weigh-in Wrestling Events

  • The weigh-in will be conducted at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium.
  • Officials appointed by the FILA will supervise the weigh-in.
  • The draw will take place at the same time as the weigh-in.
  • Weigh-ins will take place one day prior to the category competitions.
  • Medical Examination will take place from 14:00-15:00 hours.
  • Weigh-in will take place from 15:00-15:30 hours.

Wrestling Events in Beijing Olympics 2008:

The following events are included in the program for Beijing Olympics 2008:

Wrestling Freestyle Events:
  • Upto 55kg Men
  • 55 - 60kg Men
  • 60 - 66kg Men
  • 66 - 74kg Men
  • 74 - 84kg Men
  • 84 - 96kg Men
  • 96 - 120kg Men
  • Upto 48kg Women
  • 48 - 55kg Women
  • 55 - 63kg Women
  • 63 - 72kg Women
Wrestling Greco-Roman Events
  • Upto 55kg Men
  • 55 - 60kg Men
  • 60 - 66kg Men
  • 66 - 74kg Men
  • 74 - 84kg Men
  • 84 - 96kg Men
  • 96 - 120kg Men

 

    Freestyle Wrestling
  • - 55kg Men
  • 60 - 66kg Men
  • 74 - 84kg Men
  • 96 - 120kg Men
  • 48 - 55kg Women
  • 63 - 72kg Women

  • Wrestling Greco-Roman 
  • 55kg Men
  • 60 - 66kg Men
  • 74 - 84kg Men
  • 96 - 120kg Men
  • 55 - 60kg Men
  • 66 - 74kg Men
  • 84 - 96kg Men
  • 48kg Women
  • 55 - 63kg Women
  • 55 - 60kg Men
  • 66 - 74kg Men
  • 84 - 96kg Men