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Sunday, 27 August 2017

27 August 2017. A A Karelin on How He Achieved Strength (and it Wasn’t Drugs)



In March 1981, Novosibirsk coach V M Kuznetsov came to School Nr 19 and invited me to join his team. At the first lesson, Viktor Mikhailovich said:

If you want to succeed, don’t skip a workout; the main thing in sport isn’t the result, but the process of achieving it, to work on yourself.

A A Karelin

World Champion Greco-Roman Wrestler

Honoured Master of Sport

RF Gosduma Deputy


A A Karelin is an amazing man. At birth, he weighed 5.5 kilos (!). He never used drugs, he simply worked out… with such a natural endowment, he didn’t need much! he International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) named him the greatest Greco-Roman rassler of the 20th century, and he was one of the ten inaugural inductees into the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003. He holds a Doktora Nauka in Pedagogical Sciences and a law degree, as well as sitting on the RF Gosduma International Affairs Committee. He responded to critics who accused him of using enhancement drugs by saying:

I train every day of my life as they’ve never trained a day in theirs.

How can you not respect such a man?

На многая лета, Александр Александрович!



Friday, 21 February 2014

Thank Zeus… Olympics Reinstate Wrestling

00 Aleksandr Karelin. wrestling. 21.02.14

Three-time Olympic Graeco-Roman Wrestling champion Honored Master of Sport Aleksandr Karelin (one of the greatest bad-asses of all time)… he took part in the Sochi opening ceremony… Ura!


Editor’s Note:

Yes, this is an “old” item… but I wanted to get away from the Ukrainian crisis for a while, and post some GOOD NEWS. This is good news, indeed… ‘rasslin lies at the heart of the Olympics. It’s good to see a prole sport beat out a rich man’s so-called “sport” like squash. There are SOME things RIGHT with the world, after all…



Wrestling will stay an Olympic sport, per an emotional International Olympic Committee vote in Buenos Aires on Sunday 8 September 2013. Wrestling beat out squash and baseball/softball to remain on the programme during the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond. The IOC slashed wrestling back in February, but after seven months of campaigning by FILA, wrestling’s international governing body, and many rule changes, the ancient sport will continue to grace the Olympic Games. According to Nenad Lalović, President of FILA, cheers, applause, and tears of joy followed Sunday’s vote by the IOC in Buenos Aires on Sunday, after it announced that wrestling would remain an Olympic sport past 2016. He said, “Everybody jumped and screamed and I saw tears in the eyes of men who were 80-years-old. That was fantastic”.

It was an emotional triumph. It followed a seven-month campaign that began last February, when the IOC surprisingly slashed wrestling from the Olympic programme past 2016. Since then, wrestling made it to a final round of runoffs that had it up against two other sports battling for a final spot, baseball/softball, and squash. Whilst Lalović said he didn’t see the other presentations, so he couldn’t pass judgement on them, he knew that he had tradition on his side the entire time. After all, wrestling is a fundamental elemental Olympic sport. It had an honoured role in the original Olympics of Athens, in Ancient Greece. Lalović noted, “You have to understand that it was very difficult because the burden we carried on our back was bigger than the other sports had. We were fighting to survive; for them, that was it, they’re not in. They’ll be in one day, but for us it was much more difficult, especially on the emotional side”.

According to Lalović, wrestling was losing steam in the international community. The rules were too confusing, it wasn’t entertaining to watch, and the wrestling community did little to promote itself on the global stage. Since the so called “wake-up call” seven months ago, Lalović said FILA introduced many changes to make the sport more entertaining, saying, “We had to update our sport. We received the message and understood it very well, and found a way to be back. We succeeded in that, and, one day, maybe, this 8th of September will be the greatest day in wrestling history. We learned what we had to learn”.

Lalović vowed to change FILA’s constitution to increase the number of weight classes for women, as well as add a female vice president to the board, something that’s in line with the IOC’s request to make the sport more female-friendly. Additional rule changes include penalising wrestlers who are overly passive, and an amendment to the points system, all of which, according to Lalović, will make the sport more enjoyable to watch. Lalović said the fight isn’t over, and they’ll adopt more rule changes in future to keep wrestling up-to-date with international demand.

9 September 2013

Vasili Sushko

Voice of Russia World Service


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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Ura! Rasslin’ is Back in the Olympics

00 Russian Bear Wrestler. 08.09.13


The match isn’t finished. We have a second match to fight, but be careful, we’re good fighters.

Nenad Lalović

FILA President


On Sunday, an International Olympic Committee vote reinstated wrestling as an Olympic sport, beating two other sports for a slot at the Games. In February, the IOC dropped wrestling from the Olympics from 2020 onwards, and relegated it to candidate status. A diverse coalition of countries, including Russia, Japan, the USA, and Iran all rallied around wrestling’s attempts to regain its place. In Sunday’s vote, wrestling won a majority of 49 votes, far ahead of baseball/softball with 24 and squash with 22. In an online statement, Nenad Lalovic, president of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, said, “To the millions of wrestlers, supporters, and fans around the world that came together to save Olympic wrestling I offer a very big thank you. Every one of you fought very hard for this victory. Now, we must remain united to make certain that we live up to the expectations that were placed on all of us by virtue of this vote”. Wrestling’s governing body made a range of changes to the rules since the sport lost its Olympic place and tried to give women’s competition a higher profile. Lalovic said, “With this vote, you’ve shown that the steps we’ve taken to improve our sport made a difference. I assure each of you that our modernisation won’t stop now. We’ll continue to strive to be the best partner to the Olympic Movement that we can be”. The 2020 Olympics will be in Tokyo, which beat Istanbul and Madrid in a vote held on Saturday.

8 September 2013



Editor’s Note:

Rasslin’ stomped the competition! Squash is an Affluent Effluentcountry club” non-sport, whilst baseball is a local American/Caribbean thing with no worldwide following. No wonder that rasslin’ skunked ‘em! Rasslin’ is the PEOPLE’S SPORT… all that you need is a mat and two grapplers. Let’s face it, rasslin’ was an important part of the Ancient Olympics, and to kick it out would’ve castrated the Games. Now that we’ve got rasslin’ back where it belongs, perhaps, we could revive the pankration. That would be something to see! Did you see what I saw? All the Politically Correct people just fainted away at the mere thought of two pankratists getting the lion’s share of the attention in a modern Olympics… well, they were the stars of the show in the Ancient Games, weren’t they? One can always hope…



Saturday, 15 June 2013

Russian Olympic Committee President Pledges Support for Wrestling Bid

00 Squash in the Olympics. No Way No How. 15.06


Russian Olympic Committee President Aleksandr Zhukov assured FILA, the international wrestling federation, that his organisation would continue to campaign for wrestling’s reinstitution as an Olympic sport. On Friday, Zhukov met with new FILA president Nenad Lalović in Lausanne, the first day of the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly. Whilst details of the meeting are unknown, Zhukov “assured FILA’s leadership of his continuing support” to get wrestling back on the Olympic program in 2020, Russian Wrestling Federation general secretary Georgi Bryusov was quoted as saying by FILA’s website on Saturday.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) cut the ancient sport from the 2020 Games in February, prompting outrage in global wrestling circles. FILA… the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles… since pledged to introduce rule changes aimed at making the sport more viewer-friendly. Efforts have begun to pay off as the IOC last month included wrestling on a shortlist of three sports vying for a place at the 2020 Games, which will be held in either Tokyo, Madrid, or Istanbul. Squash and a joint baseball/softball bid are the other finalists. The IOC will make a final ruling in September in Buenos Aires.

15 June 2013



Editor’s Note:

The Olympics without ‘rasslin? That’s like a cheeseburger without cheeseham n’ eggs without eggs… a Polish Picnic without piwo n’ kapusta. Wrestling was at the very heart of the Ancient Olympics in Classical Greece. To remove wrestling is to cut out the very heart of the Olympics. As far as I’m concerned, hey, not only should we keep wrestling, we should bring back the pankration (now, that’d fry the ice of the politically-correct, wouldn’t it?). Look at the other two bids… they’re fuckin’ jokes, kids. Baseball is only played in the USA and in certain Caribbean countries. It deserves NO place at a worldwide event. Squash is a sport of the spoilt affluent effluent, playable only in restricted courts where “non-members” are barred… ‘rasslin is a PEOPLE’S SPORT, accessible to all. Wrestling is popular on all continents, especially, in Third World and Muslim lands (it’s the most popular sport in the Ummahsphere). You can see why the IOC wants to piss on ‘rasslin and replace it with an American or a rich man’s sport. This is just another Western attempt to grind Muslims’ noses into the shit, whilst kicking poor people in general at the same time.

I say:

Hooray for wrestling, and let’s keep it in its honoured place in the Olympics. Wrestling is a global People’s Sport… let’s fly its banners high. As for squash… let the grasping and self-centred rich fuckers who play it rot in Hell along with their idol, Satan. ‘Nuff said…


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