I greet the participants, guests, and organizers of the World Cup in freestyle wrestling in Yakutsk!

In the history of the world struggle, Yakutia occupies a special place. Here is an excellent coaching school, a galaxy of outstanding wrestlers has grown up here, and Yakutsk, the capital of the Sakha Republic, has repeatedly hosted high-level sports. But the World Cup in the northern and coldest region of Russia will be held for the first time. We repeatedly say that it is always important for UWW that status tournaments accept not only the largest cities but also territories where they truly love fighting. In the republic, where sports number one has long been freestyle wrestling, this is beyond doubt. Trust and responsibility - these are two basic principles in the organization of status tournaments. There are all conditions for holding large-scale sporting events: developed urban infrastructure, modern sports complexes, organizational work has been organized. Therefore, I am sure that the World Cup will be held at the highest level, and the athletes and guests will have the best impressions of the permafrost edge.

I sincerely wish the participants of the competition successful performances, and to all the spectators - a great sports festival. I am sure that the World Cup will serve the development of wrestling, strengthening their popularity both in Russia and in the world. Good luck to all of you, and victories to the strongest.

Nenad Lalovic,

President of the United World Wrestling (UWW)

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