UWW announces change in wrestling point system

Switzerland M¤ United World Wrestling (UWW) on Friday announced changes to wrestling rules with immediate effect. The most significant rule change is regarding points scored by the active wrestler during the 30-second activity period. With the updated rules, the active wrestler will receive points for any attacking move and one point if their opponent fails to score within 30-second activity period. Earlier, the active wrestler received points for their attacking move or the one-point for their opponent’s inactivity. Another key decision that will impact the match-point system is the update to fleeing the mat. Any wrestler fleeing the mat will be penalised with a caution and 1 point without the need of a previous verbal warning. This penalty is counted in addition to the scored action. The international governing body of wrestling also approved specific changes related to challenges, draws and passivity warnings. Qualification round draws will now be equally distributed using the top-bottom-bottom-top approach to provide a balanced bracket between the upper and lower half of the draw. The system used to place the seeded wrestlers will also follow the approach. Coaches can now request a challenge after the points are published on the scoreboard or five seconds after the wrestlers come to the neutral position. According to the previous rule, the coaches only had five seconds to challenge after the score in question was published on the scoreboard. If a wrestler is in a danger position and simulates an injury while their opponent is looking for the fall, the referee will no longer stop the bout. In this case, the referee will ask for the fall and the mat chairman will confirm it. 

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