The United World Wrestling has announced detailed rule modifications for Greco-Roman wrestling. The modifications were enacted in August in Paris, France and took effect on January 1, 2018.
This means that the new rules will be used during the African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt, Nigeria slated for February 7th to 11th, 2018
According to world body website, the intent of the rule modifications is to make the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling more active, more offensive and more dynamic, with an emphasis placed on scoring from the standing position.
Negative wrestling, which includes things such as blocking, pushing, and interlocking fingers, will penalized much stricter.
Aclsports gathered that all cautions are worth 1 point, Interruption due to passivity is limited, and Negative wrestling is prevented immediately.
Others are; only one ordered bottom wrestling per period, passivity is confirmed by the mat chairman, along with falls and cautions, ordered bottom wrestling only if wrestlers are nearly equal in standing and new way of ordered bottom wrestling (lying on the stomach).