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2022 World Championships in wrestling moved from Russia to Serbia

Russia has lost the right to host world championships until December 2022 due to WADA sanctions

MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. The United World Wrestling (UWW), the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling, ruled to move the 2022 World Championships from the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk to Serbia's capital Belgrade.

Initially, Belgrade was supposed to host the championships in 2023, and Krasnoyarsk - in 2022. However, Russia has lost the right to host world championships until December 2022 due to sanctions against the Russian sports. Therefore, UWW made the decision to host the 2022 Championships in Belgrade and the 2023 Championships - in Russia. The Russian host city will be selected in the coming months.

"We are respectful of the CAS decision, WADA’s position and have adapted the schedule accordingly," said UWW president Nenad Lalovic. "We recently held the Individual World Cup in Belgrade with great success and believe that Russia will be a fantastic host nation in 2023."

The 2023 World Championships will be the main qualification tournament for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. Six best athletes in each weight category will win an Olympic quota for their country.

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne partially upheld the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s previous ruling to impose sanctions against Russian sports. According to the CAS decision, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for the two-year period.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all major international sports events for the period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will remain in force until December 2022.