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FILA introduces the 2006 Golden Grand Prix, a series of prize money events



FILA, the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling, will introduce the Golden Grand Prix in 2006, a series of competitions in the three Olympic styles of wrestling that will award prize money to the top eight placewinners at each event.

These events were added to provide wrestling fans, media and television with quality tournaments apart from the World and Continental Championships each year.

According to the 2006 FILA Calendar, there will be three Golden Grand Prix events in all three styles.

The final event in all three styles will be the Golden Grand Prix Finale in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 24-25. According to FILA, the prior events will serve as qualifiers for the finale.

The World champions and various continental champions from the previous year will automatically qualify for the finale if they did not participate in the qualification events.

The Golden Grand Prix events are international tournaments that were already listed on the 2006 FILA Calendar. The events were chosen by FILA's Executive Committee and will be supervised by FILA. Only officials from the list of officials qualified for the World Championships and World Cup may officiate in the Golden Grand Prix.

There will also be a 1 kg weight allowance for the qualification tournaments, but no weight allowance for the finale.

FILA has set a minimum standard of prize money to the top eight placewinners, which breaks down as follows:

Gold - $5,000
Silver - $4,000
Bronze - $3,000
5th Place - $1,000
7th Place - $750
8th Place - $750

For the qualification tournaments, FILA's Executive Committee will meet with the tournament organizers to determine if more money can be awarded. The first men's freestyle event, the Ivan Yarygin Memorial International in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Jan. 27-29, will award $7,000 to the gold medalist and $2,000 to the bronze medalists.

For more information on events on the 2006 FILA Calendar, visit www.FILA-wrestling.com.

2006 Men's Freestyle Golden Grand Prix Events
Jan. 27-29 - Ivan Yarygin Memorial International (Krasnoyarsk, Russia)
March 10-12 - Uzbekistan Cup of Independence (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
June 24-25 - Golden Grand Prix Finale (Baku, Azerbaijan)

2006 Greco-Roman Golden Grand Prix Events
Feb. 24-26 - Vehbi Emre International (Izmir, Turkey)
March 18-19 - Nikola Petrov International (Sofia, Bulgaria)
June 24-25 - Golden Grand Prix Finale (Baku, Azerbaijan)

2006 Women's Freestyle Golden Grand Prix Events
Feb. 10-12 - Gilbert Schaub Open (Tourcoing, France)
March 3-5 - Klippan Ladies Open (Klippan, Sweden)
June 24-25 - Golden Grand Prix Finale (Baku, Azerbaijan)
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