Pattaya is hosting the “World Junior Wrestling Championships 2012” this week and I and friends went to see the action yesterday and today. We were told that over 52 countries are represented by more than 600 athletes. Running from Sept 4th to 9th at the Jontiem Indoor Stadium and then to awards at the Ambassador Hotel City Hotel. First the girls (4th to 6th) and now the boys (8 – 9).
It was one match right after the other and the stage had 4 mat areas going at the same time - 2 categories (Greco-Roman and free style) ages 17-20 and each having their weight classes – each class had only one day for completion – it was win or bust – can you imagine the stress to win on these athletes. Many left the mat crying at their defeat. I really feel sorry for the ones who lost – 3, 2 minute matches could mean success or failure for years of training. Sorry we went to see the boys so missed the girls events.