The Wrestling season is done and dusted for the year but the action around wrestling has not stopped for a bit. The governing body of Wrestling, United World Wrestling (UWW) has declared changes to the 2019 Ranking Series, including the allotment of points at World and Continental Championships.
The suggestions were made by the UWW Technical Commission at a meeting in Belgrade which will see the points system tweaked to place more stress on participation and achievement at the World and Continental Championships.
New worldwide rankings will also be updated on the UWW website, with the 2018 World Championship results used as the basis.
Starting in 2019, finishing first at a World Championships will earn the winner 50 points, second place, 30 and third 15. At a continental event, a first position will earn the winning wrestler 12 points, while a Ranking Series event will provide the winner with 8 points.
However, extra points will be added depending on the number of entrants.
For weight categories with 10 entrants or less, six points will be added, for divisions with 11 to 20 athletes, eight points will be added, while 10 will be added for categories with 20 or more entrants. Any points awarded will not be transferable to another weight category or athlete and they will reset after the World Championships or Olympic Games.
At that point results from the previous year’s Championships or Games will be used to set the next year’s rankings. There will also no longer be a plus two-kilogram weight allowance granted for Ranking Series, Continental Championships, World Championships, or Olympic Games.
The venues and locations of each event on the 2019 Ranking Series have also been announced by the UWW. Freestyle and women’s wrestling will begin in Krasnoyarsk in Russia, while the Greco-Roman series will begin in Zagreb in Russia.
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