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Video replay first for wrestling

27 July 2002

For the first time in Commonwealth Games wrestling history video playback equipment will be used at Manchester 2002 to clear up controversial incidents.

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The decision to utilise the new technology follows the removal of the appeal process for defeated athletes.

“There is no appeal process in place at Manchester 2002,” said Wrestling competition manager Tony Melling. “Whatever result is decided on the mat stands.

“However we are introducing video recording equipment, which is a first for the Commonwealth Games.

“If there is an incident that needs clarification, the match will be stopped and the video consulted before a final decision is made.”

At international competition level, there are two sets of rules that may be adopted for wrestling, Greco-Roman and freestyle.

The freestyle rule set is the one being used at Manchester 2002.

Melling expects a high standard of competition in the wrestling, which runs between Friday, 2 August and Monday, 4 August at the G-Mex Centre.

“We’ve got a world-class field coming to the Games and the wrestlers will need to put in a top quality performance to win gold,” he said.

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