grecoroman_007.jpgZimbabwe’s national wrestling coach, Tapiwa Masinire, will get an opportunity to keep abreast with the latest trends in the sport when he attends the Advanced School for Coaches in Greco Roman Wrestling in Lathi, Finland from the 13th to the 21st of December.


The course will, among other issues, cover the development of wrestling for the five year period from 2011 to 2016 and the evaluation of the progression of Greco-Roman wrestling.

The course is targeting national team coaches from different parts of the world and was organised by the Finland Wrestling Federation and will be conducted by experts from the Federation of International Wrestling Associations.

Masinire said Zimbabwean wrestling is set to benefit immensely from his attendance of the course.

“What’s going to happen is that I’ll be receiving advanced coaching in Greco Roman wrestling which started in Rome in 1886. It’s important that we keep in touch with the latest changes in the sport, since we have a large number of wrestlers who practice the Greco Roman style in Zimbabwe. The course will help a great deal in keeping up to date with international standards.”

Greco-Roman wrestling is a style of wrestling that is practiced worldwide. It was contested at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every edition of the summer Olympics held since 1908.

This style of wrestling forbids holds below the waist, which is the major difference with freestyle wrestling, the other form of wrestling at the Olympics.

The advanced coaching course is set for Lathi, Finland from the 13th to the 21st of this month.

Masinire is expected to leave for South Africa en route to Finland on Friday.