FILA Hall of Fame

October 01, 2003

—–Original Message—–
From: Ala, Mohammad
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 1:16 PM
To: ‘
Subject: A request to FILA regarding Iranian Wrestlers


International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles

FILA: International Wrestling

Avenue Juste-Olivier 17

1006 Lausanne, Switzerland


Dear Sir/Madam:


The 37th World championship freestyle wrestling games ended on September 14, 2003 in New York City, USA. Many athletes competed from seventy eight countries in this championship. It was exciting to watch the matches.


Whiling visiting your website (, I checked the individuals who are listed in Hall of Fame. I was surprised that no Iranians were among the honored athletes. There seems to be a bias against Iran in favor of Russia and the USA.


Wrestling brings back many good memories for me as an Iranian. Iran has had many great athletes who have contributed to the sport as successful competitors for thousands of years. For example, wrestling drawings can be seen in Iran from 5000 years ago.


I would like to give you some specific examples of great Iranian wrestlers. Mr. Movahead won six gold medals and Emamali Habibi invented many of today’s techniques. Ebrahim Javadi won many international matches. Mr. Takhati was chosen as one of the athletes of the twentieth century. These athletes have better records than some of those who are listed in Hall of Fame.


I would appreciate it if you would provide me with an explanation of the criteria regarding selection into the Hall of Fame. Thank you very much for your attention to this request.




Mohammad Ala, Board Member


From: Ala, Mohammad
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 9:42 AM
To: ‘
Subject: FW: FILA Hall of Fame


Dear Mr. Martinetti:


Thank you for your reply and attention to my request of September 16, 2003.


In addition to specific examples of great Iranian wrestlers which I provided, I would like to add another individual, named Seyed Abbasi. He was one of the most exciting technical wrestlers of ALL time which your organization named his favorite technique: Fiteeleh Peech, after him. It is disrespectful to wrestling community, not to have Takhti, Movahed, and Habibi in Hall of Fame. They invented the techniques which the likes of Carl Westergren used.


As an Iranian, I will be following FILA’s actions in coming years.


Mohammad Ala, Board Member


—–Original Message—–
From: heidi []
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 4:46 AM
Subject: FILA Hall of Fame


Dear Sirs,

In reply ro your e-mails of 16 and 17 September 2003, I have pleasure in giving you the replies you wish.

First of all, I would like t thank you for your interest in wrestling and congratulate you for having visited the Hall of Fame on our website.

I am, like you, convinced that the wrestling world has at its disposal an impressive number of personalities who all would deserve to be included in the Hall of Fame.

Unfortunately, the world was not created in one day and I cannot in one year catch up with what has not been done.

At the beginning of 2003, the FILA Bureau set up the FILA Hall of Fame and decided to introduce only 10 persons for the first year, that is to say 1 leader, 4 Greco-Roman and 5 Freestyle wrestlers and among these Champions only one who has passed away (Carl Westergren who has the greatest Olympic achievements), the others all being still alive.

The presentation of the Champions to the Hall of Fame will be done each year during a reception organised by the FILA and only a maximum of six personalities will be presented which will give us in 10 years 70 persons!

The Department in charge of this question and headed by Mr Larry Sciacchetano will at the beginning of 2004 ask all National Federations to submit candidatures and I am sure that Iranian wrestlers will be selected.

I hope that with the above mentioned I have answered your query.

Yours sincerely,


Raphaël Martinetti
Président FILA
FILA President

Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées
International federation of Associated Wrestling Styles

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