Camera Report by David Shead

Dear Arm Wrestlers

As there seems to be a great deal of confusion as to why we are using cameras let me start by explaining, the camera system is being used because our top armwrestling promoters that work with T.V like Igor Mazurenko are convinced that if we want more T.V coverage we must move the second referee out of the way. Hence the camera system we used at the World championship in the finals of the senior classes this year, it is similar to the one used in the Nemiroff for many years now. So if we want more T.V coverage we have to start liking the cameras.

Monica Duma,  Alexsandr Jakovac, & Myself (David Shead) worked the cameras on both days of the championships, and this is our conclusions,

The 1st question you will all want to know is, do they work? The answer is yes, very well in fact this is a negative point they work to well, when we slow motion review the elbows we see every foul even ones you would not see if you were standing at the table, and as referees we have to call every foul we see, but we believe there are solutions to this, one being a softer elbow pad. We will be asking Igor to try this over the next year, The 2nd problem is reviewing takes too long, and again we will be trying some new set ups that should help with this but it’s never going to be that fast, because looking for the moment of a foul in slow motion will always take a little time, it will never be as fast as a referees call at the table, but it is more accurate.

Its also not as much fun for the referees, just focusing on the elbows and nothing else.

We are confidant the system works and no elbow fouls where missed and the best Armwrestlers one, and that counts for a great deal.

 

David Shead WAF Master Referee - EAF Assistant director of referees   

Monika Duma WAF Master Referee - Head Referee for Poland

Alexsandar Jakovac WAF Senior Referee - President of Croatian Armwrestling Federation and Head Referee for Croatia

The Polish Nationals by David Shead

The Polish Nationals by David Shead

I have been going to The Polish National Championships on and off since the end of the 1990’s I think, and it has always been a good and well run championships.

But it just keeps getting better and better, the venue (castle of Gniew) was fantastic (I think Igor might have been looking at the beautiful palace the Italians had used and thought if they can use a palace I will use a castle) a very large very beautiful castle steeped in history 5 storeys high with a Modern glass roof over the central courtyard where the competition was held (you can see some photos on the arm power web site) and coming from a country that likes their castles I can tell you this was a very nice place indeed.

 

Having a good venue is only the start, good organisation is crucial and Igor is the best, of course having Marcin Mielniczuk (the EAF technical director) to run things for you is a massive help and the competition was floorless, but to see what I mean you need to look deeper to see why things are so good.

The first thing you might notice is there are a lot of referees, in fact 30 yes 30 that’s more than we get at most EAF and WAF championships, all in correct uniform and very well trained looking very professional, and I didn’t see any major mistakes the hole championships, a credit to their head referee Monica Duma, This will also show at the European Championships as their will be more Referees from Poland than any other country.

 

But why do you get so many referees here? Well that’s when we need to look deeper into the infrastructure Igor has built in Poland .

There are 24 clubs competing at the championships, 24 clubs that have to bring at least 1 referee each, and all the athlete’s have to compete in their club

Uniforms to, again making it all look very professional, like a serous sports event should.

This is only part of the infrastructure Igor has built in Poland but I will stop here as I think you can see what I mean, but don’t get me wrong there are other countries doing really well to (read some of my right ups on the EAF site) its just Igor is always one step ahead of the rest.

 

Now the wrestling was good and very competitive but I want to talk about two of their disabled wrestlers, Maciej Gralak and Patryk waterle.

these two are good, and of course they win the disabled class, but they also enter the senior classes! I know I don’t need to tell you that armwrestlers are serious athletes that compete at the top of the sporting world like Voevoda (winning 2 Olympic medals) Samuelsson (worlds strongest man) Gary Goodrich (boxing and ultimate fight champion) as just 3 examples.   

 I know many of you will have seen Maciej win many medals even at the European and world Championships and he did here to placing well with

 his right and winning with his left. Well done Maciej.

I also want to tell you about Patryk’s match in the final of the right hand senior 55kg class, Patryk has to be carried to the table by his coach as he cant walk, the referee sets them up and they go into a hard match for about 5 seconds but Patryk is pulling so hard he is lifting himself of the ground and makes an elbow foul, before the referee sets them up again his coach comes out and ties one of his legs to the table to stop him lifting, its not often after 27 years I see something I have not seen before but I hadn’t seen this (many years ago I was the one who put it in the rules that a referee may give tolerances’ to a disabled puller and this is just that type of thing) But unfortunately Patryk made another elbow foul so came 2nd with his right BUT the next day he won with his left, fantastic Patryk !!!

 

 So all in all a great competition well done to Igor and his team.

 

David Shead

EAF Assistant Director of Referees

A1 Moscow by David Shead

A1 Moscow 

by David Shead

Hi Armwrestling Fans

I have been to Moscow 4 times and I love Moscow’s big grand buildings beautiful monuments, and their metro is fantastic. 

Now on to the Competition, being in Russia, offering more prize money than any other competition, you would expect many of the best Armwrestlers in the World to attend and that is exactly what happened, only the Nemiroff Competition can compete as it attracts more competitors from outside Europe. 

The A1 Competition was very good, it started on time, was well run had no problems, was held in a very nice massive sports hall, had a lovely stage setup even bigger than the European Championships, and a good sporting atmosphere with lots of spectators.

The negative for me was that as this is a professional competition the referees have to go by the guidance of the show organiser, and we were given instructions to allow small fouls, this can make it look like the referees are not doing their job, even though this is often not the case. I personally do not approve of doing this and think it reflects badly on our sport. The organiser claims people want to see pins not fouls ending matches. However Igor Mazurenko (in my opinion the best prompter in Armwrestling) knows a thing or two about running competitions, and he is not a fan of this system either. So this does not happen at the Nemiroff Competition and that is a very popular competition indeed. 

The referees were very well disciplined and all in perfect uniform.(credit to Andrew Mosolov Russian Head Ref) When there was not a match on their table they did not leave the table to watch other matches they stayed at their table which gave a very good professional look to the competition. 

The A1 also ran disabled classes, and is the only professional competition at this level to do so, it worked very well producing some of the best matches of the competition.

Irina Makeeva was in top form and beat the mighty Egle Vaitkute. Egle is always very composed and even quiet, but do not take this to mean she is not passionate about our sport, she was very upset at loosing the final, but Egle it is no disgrace to loose to Irina, use it as your motivation in your training to come back better next year.

The men’s classes were dominated by Dennis Cyplenkov and Andrey Pushkar, Dennis is always the gentleman at the table, and Andery was looking awesome, and although no one else looked to be close to beating Andery even he could not stop Dennis (The Destroyer)Peszy. 

I have not seen what the competition looked like on the internet, but the competition was shown live.

Having this much prize money helps to enhance our sport, and so does including Disabled classes. Full credit To Alexander Filimonov, Nikolai Mishta, and the RAA, for a well run competition. And a top recommendation for competitors to tome to next year.

Thank you for inviting me

 David Shead