2014 Russian Nationals

Russian Nationals 2014

6-9 March 2014, Ramenskoye (Moscow)

by David Shead


As I didn’t land until 21:00 it was after 23:00 by the time I got to the hotel and everyone was going to bed as we all had to be up a 7am but 23:00 was only 19:00 for me (as the UK is 4 hours behind) so although I went to bed I didn’t sleep well. 

The next day I observed some of the weigh in, it was well organized by their head Referee Andre Mosolov, one of the advantages of having such a large nationals every year is you get lots of experience running large competitions and it showed in this organization. 

They ran 7 tables the first day that included masters left and right, and even this was very competitive. 6 tables on the 2nd day for the right hand and lots of faces I recognized from previous worlds, but some didn’t qualify despite their experience; this shows just how competitive the Russian nationals are.

Although the numbers where down this year, 315 competitors but that’s just the seniors and masters the juniors and disabled have their own championships. 

In one bout a senior woman competitor collapsed, she was completely unconscious for a few seconds, but the medic was their immediately looking after her before she came round and took her away for an examination that showed she had very high blood pressure, so head referee Andre Mosolov (very wisely) decided it was not safe for her to continue.  

As you would expect the Armwrestling was of the highest level with many exciting bouts, and some surprise new faces on the team that will make their mark at the Europeans and Worlds. 

The question I am sure many of you will be asking, is the Russian team going to be as strong as ever this year? Yes every bit as strong as ever.


All in all a good championships, I was well looked after and made to feel vary welcome by the officials and competitors, with special thanks to Alexander Filimonov, Nikolia Mishta, Andre Mosolov and Maria Lotsik.


David Shead

EAF Assistant Director of Referees


Croatian International Cup




Croatian International Cup “Sokol Maric”

2nd March 2014, Zagreb - CROATIA

by David Shead


Croatian International Cup is held in Zagreb a modern city but with a long and interesting history that we all had a nice incite to on a city tour with a guide to help us find out about some of its history.

The competition was on a specially constructed stage designed so spectators could see from all 4 sides, and for good reason as it attracted about 700 spectators.

Their where 15 countries taking part so we ran the competition on 3 tables, the competitors where of all levels, some very novice others world champions,

In the heats some of the newer wrestlers did surprise the more experienced but at the top it was more predictable, it was a pleasure to watch Franco Comperli win his class with some exhalent displays’ of wrestling.

One other point to note were the wrestlers from Kazakhstan who not only took several of the top places but it was agreed by the referees that they did not make many mistakes, almost never making fouls, I believe they may be the best trained team in the world, working like machines with their precision. Watch out for them at the world championships.


Overall it was a friendly but competitive competition that all seemed to enjoy.  


David Shead  

EAF Assistant Director of Referees








Dear armwrestling friends,

Our work and efforts fighting against doping have finally paid off.


The WADA Acredited Laboratory confirmed the results of the doping control analysis performed on 39 urine samples that were collected in the period 22.05.2014-24.05.2014, during the European Champoionship 2014 in Baku-Azerbaijan. The samples were received at the Laboratory in good condition and sealed properly. Analysis Reports: 1087_1

"Be Proud, Be Clean, Be Drug Free"

EAF General Secretary

Mircea Simionescu-Simicel