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USA Wrestling statement about UWW decision to conditionally keep 2020 Senior Worlds in Serbia on schedule

USA Wrestling received notification today from United World Wrestling (UWW) about the two remaining World Championships on the 2020 international schedule.

• UWW has canceled the 2020 Junior World Championships, which had been scheduled for early December in Belgrade, Serbia.

• In their notification to the national federations, UWW has "decided to keep the Senior Worlds in Belgrade from the 12th to the 20th of December but it will depend upon the participation figures collected on Athena, and obviously on the evolution of the pandemic."

According to the UWW notification, on November 6, the UWW Executive Committee "will meet again to check the registrations and discuss the current situation of the pandemic around the world. During this meeting, it will be decided to finally keep this event or cancel it."

UWW has asked national federations to only send Teams Staff that is necessary to assist the athletes, and to buy refundable airline tickets.

USA Wrestling is taking the decision of United World Wrestling concerning the Senior World Championships very seriously. The organization is gathering information and receiving input from athletes and other stakeholders. A meeting of USA Wrestling's Executive Committee will be held Tuesday night, October 13, to discuss all of the pertinent issues, including the safety of U.S. athletes, coaches and delegation members. This will be the first step to determine the USA Wrestling decision-making process about whether to attend the Senior World Championships.

USA Wrestling will keep the wrestling community informed and will have no additional statements at this time.

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