International rules of organization and holding of Kurash competitions

Adopted by the First Foundational Congress of the IKA on September, 6, 1998 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Author: Komil Yusupov

The regulations on competition are drawn up and approved by organization, which arranges this competition. The regulations should include the following:
1. Type of competition;
2. Purpose of competition;
3. Sport features, age, sex, name of teams and organizations;
4. Place and date of conducting of competition;
5. Order of conducting of competition;
6. Conditions of participation in competition;
7. Responsible organization for conducting of competition;
8. Board of referees;
9. Fight duration;
10. Deadline for submitting applications for participation in competition;
11. Medical control procedure and maintenance of order;
12. Documents to be submitted to credentials committee;
13. Claims submission procedure and their consideration;
14. Date and time of conducting of competition in each weight category;
15. Procedure of rewarding of winners and prize winners of competition.

1. Individual championship.
2. Team championship.
3. Individual and team championship.
4. Open gilam (tatami) championship.
5. Absolute championship.
a. individual championship is held to determine the strongest wrestlers of the competition.
b. in team championship the place of every team is determined.
c. in individual and team championships the place of every participant is determined and according to it the place of every team is determined.
d. in open gilam (tatami) championship every wrestler fights to increase his/her sport qualification, title and experience.
e. in absolute championship the strongest wrestler is determined irrespective of weight category. 

1. Prior to conduction of every competition the federation, conducting this competition on its territory, submits a list of referees, approved by this federation. Every competition from the calendar of international tournaments, continental championships, World Championship and Olympic Games, may be attended only by referees, authorized by the International Kurash Association.

2. Structure of the Board of referees:

a. Chief Referee;

b. Сhief Referee deputy, their number should be more by one, than number of gilams (tatamis), on which the competition is held;

c. Chief Secretary and secretaries of gilam (tatami);

d. Arbitrator and side referees;

e. Stop-watch referee;

f. Scoreboard referee;

g. Informing referee;

h. Warden of competition;

i. Medical staff (doctor of competition).

3. Referees, entering gilam (tatami), put their right hand on left part of breast and simultaneously bow to spectators and Chief Referee.

4. Chief Referee and Board of referees control referees’ actions. If referees admit actions contradicting the rules of competition, they are discharged from competition and deprived of their referee’s license.

Chief Referee is the head of competition, responsible for holding competition according to the rules. Participants, team representatives, board of referees and attendants should implicitly execute instructions of Chief Referee.

1. Chief Referee’s Responsibilities:

a. to control accordance of a sport building (gymnasium or stadium), equipment and gilam (tatami) with competition requirements;

b. during the drawing to divide the strong wrestlers in two subgroups;

c. to distribute referees on gilams (tatamis);

d. to make the schedule of competition;

e. to nominate referees for wrestlers scaling;

f. to nominate referees to each fight and to supervise their actions;

g. prior to the beginning of competition, to hold a meeting of Board of referees;

h. daily after the end of competition, to gather team representatives, Board of referees and coaches, to summarize competition’s results, eliminate complains, received during competition.

i. if necessary, to hold an assembly of Board of referees;

j. to evaluate readiness of referees for competition and the course of competitions;

k. to fill in and to hand over the reporting minutes on holding and results of competition to appropriate bodies.

Rights of Chief Referee:

a. to suspend and to forbid conduction of competition if the place of conduction, equipment and gilam (tatami) are not prepared and do not meet rules requirements;

b. to temporarily suspend competition, if there is something that may negatively affect conduction of competition on the high level;

c. to make changes in the procedure of conduction of competition or the schedule of competition;

d. to discharge referees for violation of rules and give information about it to the Board of referees;

e. to discharge the wrestlers who violated rules or does not have permission for participation in competition;

f. to give cautions or to discharge a coach of any team for violation of Kurash rules or for inappropriate behavior during competition.

Note: Chief Referee has no right to cancel or change Kurash rules.   

1. during temporary absence of the Chief Referee at competition, fulfills his/her responsibilities;

2. announces results of fight and names of wrestlers fighting next;

3. announces results of fight and names of wrestlers fighting next; 

1. The Chief Secretary examines the documents of wrestlers while they pass the credentials committee.

2. The Chief Secretary keeps the minutes of assembly of Board of referees, of fights and other documents.

3. Secretaries keep the minutes of gilam (tatamis).

4. Secretaries write down results and remarks on fights in the minutes.

5. The Chief Secretary together with Chief Referee is obliged to fill in and to sign the minutes-report of the competition. 

1. Before the beginning of a fight, the arbitrator examines the condition of the wrestler, accordance of his/her uniform with Kurash rules, if there is a disparity, he should demand to change the uniform (in prescribed time).

2. The arbitrator controls the course of the fight and observance of Kurash rules.

3. Takes into account appraisals of side referees.

4. After every appraisal of the implemented methods, the arbitrator should stop the fight (with a command TOKHTA!), give appraisal during 2-3 seconds and begin wrestling with a command KURASH!

5. While announcing cautions for violation of rules the Arbitrator should stop (with command «TOKHTA») the fight and in 15-20 seconds should announce cautions (in this period of time wrestlers should remain on their places and put in order their uniforms) and begin it with command «KURASH».

6. Once the stop-watch referee signals the end of fight time, the arbitrator should stop the fight with a command VAKT! and an appropriate gesture. 

1. Side referees should help the arbitrator to evaluate all actions of the wrestlers.

2. Three referees on majority basis evaluate all actions of wrestlers on gilam (tatami). If opinions of three referees do not coincide, they must discuss it to get final opinion.

3. Side referees sit on the opposite parts of gilam (tatami), and if there is no such a possibility, they may stand watching the course of the fight.

4. If a participant needs to leave gilam (tatami) for a short time, he should be accompanied by one of the side referees. 

1. The stop-watch referee watches the duration of the fight and the time when the wrestlers come on gilam (tatami).

2. The stop-watch referee calculates and controls every minute of fight time. If the wrestler uses medical help during the fight or wrestling is stopped because of any other reason, the stop-watch referee counts the duration of stop and informs immediately Chief Referee. 

1. The scoreboard referee shows on the score-board all appraisals and cautions announced by the arbitrator.

2. If the scoreboard referee has not enough time to see or to hear the result announced by the Arbitrator, he/she asks about it the secretary of gilam (tatami).

3. Appraisals should remain on the scoreboard until the winner is announced.