Letter from FILA President Mr Raphael Martinetti concerning rules applicationsFollowing is a letter from FILA President Mr. Raphael Martinetti concerning the applications of some of the new rules for international wrestling put in place last year. This letter is accompanied by a PDF attachment of a diagram showing how the Greco-Roman clinch is to be executed by placement in the center circle of the mat.
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I - Clinch in Greco-Roman wrestling - Article 51
During the last World Championships in Budapest, referees noticed many mistakes during the application of the "par terre" hold position ordering.
The Officiating Department with its director, Mr. Mario Saletnig, set up the following instructions during its meeting on November 4, 2005 in Rome, which are not rules changes and which come into effect immediately.
A - If the fault is made by the ordered "par terre" wrestler:
*1st time: warning (and to advise the wrestler not to move and to stay in the rectangle, etc.).
*2nd time: a caution to be requested and 2 points to be attributed to the wrestler on the top.
*The wrestler at fault who was "par terre" return to "par terre" until the end of 30 seconds.
B - If the fault was made by the wrestler who shall carry out the action and is in a standing position:
*1st time: warning (to advise why - incorrect hold, or crossing over the line).
*2nd time: a caution to be requested and 1 point to be awarded to the wrestler underneath.
*The advantage of carrying out the hold is withdrawn from the wrestler, and wrestling is resumed in a standing position until the end of 30 seconds. If at the end of 30 seconds, this wrestler does not score a technical point, the penalty procedure will be applied (1 point and a caution)
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II - Clinch in Freestyle - Article 51
It is reminded here again that for the clinch in freestyle, the wrestler in a standing position, must place his hands on the back of his opponent until the whistle of the referee. After the whistle, wrestling can take place normally. The defensive wrestler must be in standing position in the center of the circle and hold out the leg chosen by his opponent - the winner of the coin toss.
III - Fleeing the mat and fleeing holds - Article 53 and 54
It is also reminded that fleeing the mat in the standing position by a wrestler gives 1 point to the opponent without knowing whether the wrestler was pushed outside or not.
On the contrary, in the par terre wrestling, action consisting in carrying his opponent outside will be penalized by 1 caution to the wrestler carrying outside and 1 point to his opponent.
The wrestler in the standing position that is consistent in keeping his opponent away or breaking the contact, shall be penalized by 1 caution and 1 point to the opponent as it is foreseen when fleeing holds.
IV - Scoring during bouts by teams - Article 30
The attribution of the ranking points in the same way as those attributed during individual matches to determine the victory by team because of the ranking - 5 points, 4 points or 3 points - brings about unusual situations where a team with the most victories, may lose the match.
For this reason, during the bouts by team, the score will be made by adding victories and defeats. For example, a team of 7 wrestlers with 4 victories wins the match, that is to say that each individual victory is 1 point, with no points going to the loser.
I thank you for your collaboration and for strictly applying these decisions.
Mr. Raphael Martinetti