Wrestling World Championship 2023: Belgrade To Host the Edition For The Second Time In a Row

The United World Wrestling (UWW) Bureau went in the favor of Belgrade on November 14, 2022, during the meeting to decide the World Championships' host city.

Wrestlers in action at the Belgrade World Championships 2022. (Image credits- United World Wrestling)
By Abhiruchi Rout | Nov 15, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The capital city of Serbia, Belgrade has been chosen to host the World Championships 2023, thereby hosting the competition for the second consecutive year. The United World Wrestling (UWW) Bureau went in the favor of Belgrade on November 14, 2022, during the meeting to decide the World Championships’ host city. Turkey and Azerbaijan also indicated an interest in hosting the major event but felt short. To organize future events, UWW will keep collaborating with the national federations of these countries. UWW President Nenad Lalovic from Serbia and Bureau members Rodica Yaksi (Turkey) and Namig Aliyev (Azerbaijan) abstained from voting as it might have led to a conflict of interest.

After successfully hosting the World Championships in 2022, Belgrade will serve as the host for a second time in succession at the beginning of September 2023 (tentative). The tournament’s initial dates of September 16 to 24 may be modified due to conflicts with the Asian Games, which will start on September 23 in Hangzhou, China. The next World Championships will be a crucial qualification event for the Paris 2024 Olympics, with wrestlers having the opportunity to win 90 quotas for the Summer Games. Any country that competed in the continental championships in 2023 will be eligible to compete in the World Championships.

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Who was initially chosen to Host the Competition?

The United World Wrestling (UWW) Bureau agreed on a new host, as the Russian venue was incapable to host the event because of the conflict in Ukraine. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned against holding international competitions in Russia or Belarus due to which the UWW has complied with the instruction.  IOC guidelines also state that athletes from Belarus and Russia are prohibited from competing in UWW events. The World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions restrict Russia from hosting big events until December 17, therefore UWW relocated the tournament to the Serbian capital instead of Krasnoyarsk.

Highlights of the World Wrestling Championships 2022

The World Wrestling Championship 2022 was the 17th edition of the World Wrestling Championships of combined events, held in Belgrade, Serbia, between September 10 and 18, 2022. The United States of America topped the medal table winning a total of 15 medals, out of which seven were gold. Team Japan (13) won the same number of gold but had won one silver in comparison to the USA’s six. Turkey (7) finished third with four gold medals, while the host country Serbia collected 5 medals to take the fourth position.