Popular IPA Wrestling Tournament held in Serbia

15 May 2022

The Serbian Championship in wrestling for cadets, as well as a revue tournament in folk wrestling was held on 2nd April 2022 in Valjevo, and was jointly organised by the Serbian Wrestling Federation and IPA Serbia. It was attended by members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs from various organisational units, including the Headquarters, Criminal police, and Police Directorates, as well as the Wrestling Club "Gendarmerie", among which there are a large number of IPA members. As many as 180 competitors came from all around our country to participate.

The folk wrestling tournament, commonly called the "IPA CUP", attracted a lot of attention. It highlighted the fact that age shouldn’t stop people from enjoying wrestling, and that martial arts are part of the culture and way of life of many people in Serbia; folk wrestling (bone wrestling) is deeply rooted in our tradition. All these circumstances led to the creation of an exceptional atmosphere in the hall.


"It was a great honour to participate in the organisation of tournaments that attracted such a large number of participants and spectators. It is nice to see such a crowd, atmosphere and the veterans of martial arts who once again measured their strength. All of this left an exceptional impression on all the guests, and praise came from many cities and from many levels of the Wrestling Federation of Serbia", said Dušan Arsenijević, Vice President of RSS, the Serbian Wrestling Federation, and member of the National Assembly of IPA Serbia.

The President of the National Assembly of IPA Serbia, Prof. Nebojša Pantelić PhD, emphasised the importance of such a competition in a sport which is practiced by many members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, including many IPA members. He especially praised the presence of a large number of children, as well as the competitors, the audience, and the good organisation of the entire event.

The winners of the respective categories of this competition were awarded medals and trophies.

Zdravko Ðurić, IEC Delegate IPA Serbia