Chapter 19 of Wrestling’s Olympic Fight: U.S., Russia throw FILA a curveball by changing rules
FILA vice president Stan Dziedzic said Tuesday that the application of independent rules by the United States and Russia could provide global wrestling leaders with more information to shape the sport’s international rulebook in the future.
But the rules liaison for wrestling’s international governing body said he’s also concerned about the divided signal it could send as the sport’s Olympic future hinges on a September vote.
With the ink still fresh on FILA’s latest edition of its rulebook, leaders of the sport in the U.S. and Russia opted to rewrite elements for their own national championship events that were held this month.
“The fact that neither the United States nor Russia used the exact (FILA) rules obviously has dynamics — and not good dynamics as far as I’m concerned,” Dziedzic said. “I think we opened Pandora’s box.”