FILA is glad to announce the awarding of the title „Athlete of the Year” to the grapplers who did an outstanding performance in 2010. The laureates were determined upon the results obtained at the World Championship, Continental Championship, and World Combat Games according to the point system adopted by FILA:
No-Gi Grappling Men: Maciej Polok in 70kg from Poland (52 points), Gold at the World Championship, Gold at the European Championship, and Gold at the World Combat Games.
No-Gi Grappling Women: Océane Talvard in 55kg from France (48 points), Silver at the World Championship, Gold at the European Championship, and Bronze at the World Combat Games.
Gi Grappling Men: Grzegorz Kloc in 75kg from Poland (37 points), Gold at the World Championship and Gold at the European Championship.
Gi Grappling Women: Karolina Zawodnik in 75kg from Poland (37 points), Gold at the World Championship, Gold at the European Championship.
The award ceremony for the Athletes of the Year will take place on the occasion of the 2011 European Championship in Yuzhny.
As per 2011, FILA will implement a world ranking of all athletes competing in the FILA events with live update of their score on the FILA website. It will be a very powerful tool to use by the National Federations and athletes for their approaches to the media and sponsors. In order to encourage the participation in international tournaments and avoid ties in points, 4 additional tournaments – called FILA Grand Prix – will be included in the world ranking. All National Federations and Committees can apply for a FILA Grand Prix if they want to see their tournament count for the world ranking. The best candidates will be selected by the World Grappling & Pankration Committee upon analysis of their bid. In order to stimulate the activity and further reward the athletes with cash prizes, FILA will also raise an annual fund that will be evenly split among the 8 Athletes of the Year in each discipline. More details on the world ranking can be found in the Regulations for the Nomination of the Athletes of the Year.
FILA warmly congratulates the 2010 laureates for their great achievement and wishes plenty of success to all athletes who will enter the race for next year’s nominations!