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23 Jan 2004
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Wrestling: Countdown to Women's Olympic Debut!

The countdown to women's Olympic debut in wrestling begins today, Friday 23 January 2004, with the start of the International Tournament in the new Olympic Hall in Ano Liossia as part of the Athens 2004 Sport Events.

Ninety-six athletes from 16 countries
This weekend, top women wrestlers will be competing on the mat at the Ano Liossia Olympic Hall. This promises some exciting moments. Competing in the Wrestling Sport Event are 96 athletes from 16 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Moldavia, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA).

Perfect venue
Most of the athletes, coaches and escorts have described the venue as perfect. The venue is just one more item in the legacy of the Olympic Games to Greek sport and society in general. Besides providing a home for wrestling and judo, it will house a host of other events, and all this will upgrade the surrounding area.

First pictures in 1983
The first pictures of women's wrestling came out in France in 1983. The first women’s World Championships were in 1987, in the city of Lørenskog, Norway. A year later the first European Championships were hosted in Dijon, France.

Learn more on Athens 2004

Official website of Athens 2004

Learn more on Wrestling

Official website of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA)
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