The World Grappling Committee (WGC) was created under the authority of FILA to promote the physical and mental well being of the individuals involved in grappling. The objective of the WGC is to make grappling an exciting and attractive sport for spectators and to regulate its practice all over the world with the goal of making it an Olympic discipline.
On December 20 and 21, 2008, the first FILA World Grappling Championship will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Around 300 athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete in this event. All athletes will be allowed to compete in both styles (Gi and No-Gi). The competition will be consist of 5 male weight divisions and 4 female weight divisions. The number of participants per country is not limited and each country has the opportunity to go back home with 18 titles (9 Gi divisions and 9 No-Gi divisions).
All matches will be broadcast on the official championship website, allowing all interested parties worldwide to have access to all the footage shot during the two days of competition. By the end of the competition, around 600 matches will have been shown with a total of over 20 hours of video broadcast.
Television coverage is being negotiated with a one-hour weekly sports show (Trans World Sport) that is broadcast on 70 TV channels worldwide (with a potential extra 100 channels according to their programming directors’ decision). The hottest tournament finals and award ceremonies will be featured on this show, potentially reaching 200 million households throughout the globe.
The event will be held at Messe Lucerne, in the heart of the most visited city of Switzerland. With its 4000 square meters, this hall can seat up to 3500 spectators (around 1500 to 2500 spectators are expected to attend the event). The hall also offers public restrooms, 5 dressing rooms for the athletes, a doctor’s office, a fully equipped press center, and a VIP room where refreshments will be served. In addition, advertisement boards and commercial spaces will be made available to provide sponsors with the best exposure of their products. The potential of this venue is unprecedented for such competitions in Europe.
The competitor’s accommodations also deserve some attention. The “Jailhotel” is one of the finest accommodations in the region. This historical building was built in 1862 and was used as a prison until autumn 1998. Where prisoners attempted to escape for more than 135 years, today tourists and residents of Lucerne enjoy the unique atmosphere of the “Jailhotel” and “Alcatraz-Bar”. Some theme rooms, such as the library room (former prison library) and the director’s suite (former jail warden’s office), are available to its guests. This hotel will certainly make the athletes’ stay in Lucerne an unforgettable experience.
The 1st World Grappling Championship has many sponsorship opportunities to offer to companies interested in associating their brand image with such unique event.
More information can also be found on the official Championship website at www.d4-world.com.