Russian and Ukrainian wrestlers banned from shaking hands

The International Wrestling Federation (IWF) has asked Russian and Ukrainian wrestlers at the World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade to avoid traditional handshakes after each fight for fear that one competitor will refuse to shake hands with the other in the event of a clash.

The website of the channel "Russia Today" quoted a representative of the International Wrestling Federation as saying: "It is also not possible to appoint Russian referees in Ukrainian wrestlers' fights, and Ukrainian referees cannot be appointed in fights in which Russians participate."

The 2024 World Qualifying Championships in Paris conclude on Sept. 24 as the Russians compete in neutral.