Ladies and Gentleman
The 2006 World Armwrestling
Championships were by far the biggest Worlds ever held with 40 Countries and
over 1300 entries. Some classes had 36 competitors and took over 3.5 hours
to run. Registration, Weigh-ins and Tournament days are run by the WAF
Team. The event hosts take care of having the venue & equipment ready,
transporting athletes and hotel reservations.
Neil’s team of 5 worked their butts
off to bring everyone the best Championship held to date. We take our hat
off the Neil, Allison, Mick Holland, Andy and Elaine Barker. No one will
dispute the dedication and hard work which was put into this event by the
So, why were they not paid before
WAF left Manchester? The answer is simple, between getting the Worlds
together and preparing for the PAL Fireworks on Sunday, Neil just did not
have the time to meet with WAF before the WAF team left at 5:30 a.m. Monday
morning. That is the only reason. Neil was given 50% of the
registration fees minus the expenses. WAF received the other 50% and the
Referee Fund received their share.
Now, why is WAF not defending
themselves? From the moment the WAF Team arrives at a Championship they
start working and it does not end until the moment they leave. That is 9
days of intense 16 to 20 sometimes even 24 volunteer hour days. When we get
on a plane to come home we go into melt down mode and we need at time off.
Willy and I work with the team as well as meet with everyone that needs to
meet with them, they sometimes attend 5 to 6 meetings in a row then come
back to the WAF office and help prepare the event. So it is understandable
that when we get home and are being torn apart on the message board, it is
not likely to be a priority. We will take the time we need to recperate and
get ourselves oriented with our personal lives. For those who want the
facts, they will have to wait until all the work is finished and then they
can go through their country presidents to get what they haven’t found on
It did not seem to help that Neil
Pickup went back on the board several times to say that he respected and
supported Willy and I and would continue to do so. He also went on the
board to say that he had been told the amount he was going to receive and
everything was fine.
Was a contract signed? NO,
after WAF making atleast 6 attempts at getting a contract signed Neil
finally told WAF he would not be signing the contract. Neil guaranteed WAF
that although he would not sign there would be a Championship in Manchester,
Being only 6 months to the event WAF
had no choice but to work with Neil and ensure that the best World
Championship was brought to everyone. How did WAF do that?
WAF’s mandate is to ensure that the
Constitution and Rules are followed by all WAF members. To bring to all WAF
members a Championship that falls within Constitutional guidelines and that
follow proper protocol.
In July Willy Deneumostier and Lise
Blanchard traveled to Manchester to meet with BAF and go through all the
requirements as per WAF Constitution. Neil and his team met them with great
enthusiasm and showed them all the hotels, venue and transportation they had
envisioned for the Championships.
The Constitution and key points were
addressed and promises were made.
|Transportation from Airport to
Hotel and from Hotel to venue needed to be addressed and a solution found.|
|Visa requests needed to be
|Deposits for Hotel
accommodations, dates were very early and many countries would have
difficulty in making a full deposit by Sept 25, a solution needed to be
|Venue, discussion occurred
Space available for viewing
matches, teams not being able to get close enough to stage (ei: team
captain). Being able to see all matches from such a distance.
Holding area for on deck classes
not being large enough
Stage needed to hold 4 tables –
this was addressed by promising that two pod stages would be built and put
in front of the larger stage making all tables viewer friendly.
Area required for Doping Control
with bathroom – the space was showed to us and promised
Set up for Scorekeepers and Master
of Ceremony as well as Referee resting area
were all addressed and we were told that the armwars competitors and
spectators have never been disappointed and neither would the world
|Discussion on the Finals – it was
discussed that the finals would be done in a way never seen before.
Each competitor would have their
picture and stats on the big screen and that they would be brought down the
staircase to music. This would take between 2 to 4 minutes per match.
Each competitor would be given a
t-shirt to wear.
time Neil was told that the Constitution would not allow the armwrestlers to
compete out of uniform and that the t-shirt idea would not be allowed. This
was well before the sponsorship was secured and t-shirts had been ordered.
He was also
told that having the finals take 2 to 4 minutes per match would be fine as
long as it did not take longer than that.
|It was promised that all country
flags would be on the big screen as a template around the screen as
Constitution states that all Country flags must be flown in the venue.|
|It was also guaranteed that the
National Anthem would be played after each award presentation.|
Neil and his team put on a great
tournament enhanced by having 40 Countries and over 1300 competitors
attend. These countries and competitors attended the 28th World
Armwrestling Championship not only because Neil was hosting them but also
because WAF has worked tirelessly for Unification and to bring many new
countries to WAF.
The issues WAF had with BAF were
purely related to the items in the Constitution that were not being adhered
Let us not forget that:
This was the biggest World
Championship ever held
For the first time since 1998
there was only one World Championship
Brazil and Egypt has joined WAF
Unification has been realized
In 1998 - Countries
attended. In 2006 – 40 Countries attended
IN 1998 -
Entries. In 2006 – over 1300 entries
We have qualified Master, Senior
and Junior Referees we can be proud of
We have an anti-doping policy to
WAF has met their mandate; have
worked hard and will continue to work for the armwresters and Sport
Yours in Armwrestling
Fred Roy, WAF President
Willy Deneumostier, WAF General