The World Championships is difficult and prestigious enough as it is. The bragging rights and hardware awarded for winning or even making the podium are what wrestlers from around the world have trained for all of their lives. But, since we’re a year away from the 2024 Olympic Games, the World Championships carry an added significance.
Not only do world medalists get tangible rewards for their hard work, but they also have earned their respective countries a slot at the 2024 Olympics.
This year’s tournament is actually different from pre-Olympic year’s past. Instead of the top-five finishers automatically qualifying their country for the Olympics, the losers of the bronze medal matches will wrestle-off for that bid. Only five wrestlers per weight will earn quotes in Belgrade.
Remember, the individual wrestlers themselves haven’t earned slots at the Olympics, they have earned them on behalf of their country. In many instances, those wrestlers will likely end up in Paris.
Below are the countries that have earned Olympic quotas thus far. This list will be updated at the conclusion of each day for the remainder of this tournament.
Albania, Armenia, Japan, Russia*, Serbia
Armenia, Hungary, Iran, Puerto Rico, Russia*
Greece, Japan, Russia*, Serbia, United States
Iran, Kazakhstan, San Marino, United States, Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Georgia, Turkey, United States
Georgia, Iran, Russia*, Turkey, United States
China, Japan, Mongolia, Turkey, United States
Belarus*, Ecuador, India, Japan, Sweden
Japan, Moldova, Nigeria, Poland, United States
Germany, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Ukraine
France, Japan, Moldova, Mongolia, Turkey
Colombia, Cuba, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, United States
China, Iran, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Iran, Serbia
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Bulgaria, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine
Armenia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Iran, Lithuania
China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Turkey
*At this time it's unclear how UWW and the Olympic Committee will handle Belarusian/Russian participation at the 2024 Olympics. Until further notice, we will have this spot awarded to Belarus/Russia.