Last weekend, Tyumen hosted one of the most prestigious international Greco-Roman wrestling tournaments, the Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix, which was held in the city’s Central Sports Complex. The event joined by the Antipinsky Oil Refinery as a general partner featured 200 wrestlers from 5 countries with Russian athletes winning seven out of eight possible gold medals. This year, the tournament was to determine the team members for the European championship to be held in March in Riga. Also, the tournament, as well as the forthcoming Russian championship in Grozny, was one of the stages to determine candidates to the Russian national team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Grand Prix opened on Saturday, January 16th. The first day of the tournament determined the best wrestlers in 59 kg, 71 kg, 85 kg and 130 kg weight categories. On Sunday, January 17th fights in weight categories 66 kg, 75 kg, 80 kg and 98 kg were held.
Among the guests of honor at the tournament were Alexander Karelin, a legendary Russian athlete, Hero of Russia and Deputy of the RF State Duma, Vladimir Yakushev, Governor of the Tyumen Region, Dmitry Mazurov, Chairman of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s Board of Directors, Evgeny Marchenko, President of the Tyumen Region Boxing Federation and Deputy of the Tyumen Regional Duma. Representatives of the tournament’s general partners – Yury Navrazhny, President of Novy Potok (New Stream) Regional Non-profit Organization, Gennady Lisovichenko, Director General of Antipinsky Oil Refinery, and Rinat Iskhakov, Deputy Director General of Sovfracht PJSC also attended the competition to support our athletes.