Iranian Wrestler Tested Positive For Anabolic Steroids

SWITZERLAND—Iranian wrestler Amir Aziz Ali Akbari tested positive for anabolic steroids at the recent World Wrestling Championships and has been disqualified, stripped of his gold medal and banned for life.

The 120-kg gold medalist in Greco-Roman style wrestling took the world title in September in Budapest, Hungary.  Since this was his second positive doping test, he is no longer eligible to compete in FILA events.

With his vacated title, the silver medalist Heiki Nabi from Estonia, will rise to gold medalist.  Riza Kayaalp, from Turkey, will be awarded the silver medal and Nurmakhan Tinaliyev from Kazakhstan and Johan Magnus Euren from Sweden will be the bronze medalists in the weight class.

Nabi was a gold medalist in the 2006 World Championships and won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“We are serious about making our sport drug free and protecting those athletes who are abiding by the rules,” said FILA President Nenad Lalovic.  “It has not been a problem for us in the past and we want to continue that pattern in our sport.”

About FILA

FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, is the global governing body of the sport of wrestling. It works to promote the sport and facilitate the activities of its 177 national federations from around the world. It is based in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

New FILA Wrestling Weights & Rules Released

After review of the main proposals made by the FILA Technical Commission which has worked with the Medical Commission, Scientific Commission, Refereeing Commission and the Athletes Commission, and after consideration of a number of suggestions received by the federations, a proposal for the weight categories and the wrestling rules has been submitted to the vote of the FILA Bureau on 3rd December 2013.

The proposals that have obtained the majority of votes by the FILA Bureau have been adopted and the drafting of the wrestling rules will be amended soon.

In the meantime you will find hereunder the adopted amendments. They complete the amendments that were adopted by the Bureau during its meeting in May 2013 in Moscow.

I. Olympic Weight Categories:

Freestyle Wrestling 57 kg – 65 kg – 74 kg – 86 kg – 97 kg – 125 kg

Greco Roman Wrestling 59 kg – 66 kg – 75 kg – 85 kg – 98 kg – 130 kg

Female Wrestling 48 kg – 53 kg – 58 kg – 63 kg – 69 kg – 75 kg

Entry in force: 1st January 2014

These new categories will be applied at the Senior Continental and World Championships, the Senior

World Cups and the Golden Grand Prix.

Remarks :

– The weight categories for Junior and Cadets are not modified and remain as currently.

II. Olympic and non-Olympic Weight Categories for the FILA World and Continental championships:

Two non-Olympic categories per style have been added and will be used in all official FILA competitions

(world and continental championships, world cups, golden grand prix):

Freestyle Wrestling 57 kg – 61 kg – 65 kg – 70 kg – 74 kg – 86 kg – 97 kg – 125 kg

Greco Roman Wrestling 59 kg – 66 kg – 71 kg – 75 kg – 80 kg – 85 kg – 98 kg – 130 kg

Female Wrestling 48 kg – 53 kg – 55 kg – 58 kg – 60 kg – 63 kg – 69 kg – 75 kg

III. Competition format

– The competitions in each category will still take place over one (1) day until further notice but will start at

10 am for the first session of the day and at 4 pm for the second session.

– A minimum 30 minutes break between each bout must be obligatorily followed.

IV. Wrestling Rules

The following wrestling rules amendments have been adopted provisionally. These new rules may be

amended by the Bureau in case they are not satisfying or if other modifications are necessary:

Technical superiority

– 10 points for Freestyle Wrestling

– 8 points for Greco-Roman Wrestling


Freestyle Wrestling: 4 points for all throws

Greco-Roman Wrestling:

– 4 points for throws (must be followed and controlled)

– 5 points grand amplitude throws (must be followed and controlled)

End of match

All disciplines: elimination of 2 X 3 points and 1 X 5 points resulting in a victory.

Par terre 

– Elimination of the 5 second count for the 1 additional back point exposure

– Any penalty imposed for a false start will receive 1 point (not 2 points as currently practiced)

Greco-Roman Wrestling


– 1st warning – the bout is not stopped to give warning

– Match ending 0-0: the last wrestler warned loses.


From the standing or neutral position: whenever a wrestler secures control of his/her opponent and brings him down without a back-exposure, 2 points are awarded. This may occur as either an offensive or defensive maneuver

Challenge procedure

– The Appeal Jury renders its decision solely in all challenges requested, without consulting the refereeing body.

– If the Appeal Jury overturns the decision of the refereeing body, the members who rendered the incorrect score will be warned. A second warning will result in the suspension for the remained of the competition and the referees will be relegated. The decision of Appeal Jury is final (no appeal)

– No challenge authorized in case of penalties for passivity.

Criteria to decide between two tied teams in number of victories during World Cups

1st criteria – Total of classification points after 6 matches between two teams
2nd criteria – Most victories by falls, injury, default, forfeit or disqualification
3rd criteria – Most match victories by technical superiority
4th critieria – Most technical points obtained in all matches
5th criteria – Fewest technical points given in all matches.

V. Repechage

It has been voted that the repechage are extended to include the losers to the semifinalists instead of the finalists. In order to prevent that two wrestlers meet twice, the losers of the semifinals will compete against the winner of the repechage from the other bracket.

The wrestler losing in the semifinals in the upper bracket, for example, will wrestle the winner of the repechage in the lower bracket, and vice versa for the loser in the lower bracket semifinals.

However, taking into account the difficulties in relation with the lengthening of the competitions’ duration and the schedule (as well as television issues), this proposal of extending the repechage to include the losers of the semifinalists will be discussed again by the FILA Bureau at its next meeting.

Joybar Iran is World’s Wrestling Square


December 8th, 2013

Every wrestling country has a state, region or province where wrestling is king. In Russia it could be Dagestan or Chechnya; in America, Iowa or Pennsylvania.

In Iran — a country wild about wrestling — several provinces could stake a claim to regional dominance. But for the past several years Mazandaran has generated the most consistent stream of dominant wrestlers, and in 2013 not only was the region responsible for some heroes, but specifically the small town of Joybar.

Last month in Budapest the Iranian freestyle wrestling team won their first world championship since 2002. As the country rejoiced, a quirky reality came to light: Of the five Iranian medalists, three were from the town of Joybar, an enclave with a total population of only 27,000.

Like many parts of Iran, the first sport in Joybar isn’t football, basketball or even volleyball. Joybar’s sport, its passion, is wrestling. In fact, Joybar is the only town in Iran (maybe in the world?) with a town center named after the great sport: “Wrestling Square.”