After a miscalculation at Schwarzsee-Schwinget
The VAR discussion led to the division of Schwing Switzerland
It’s clear that Nolde Forer is in favor of introducing a video referee in wrestling. The former supervisor of Kings Wenger and Glarner stands against it.
Publication date: 06/21/2022 at 00:46
Marcel W. Perrin (text) and Sven Thomann (photos)
Case of Joel Wiki (25) Swiss sawdust split! To remember: Wicki had to lean on Michael Lederman when swinging at Schwarzsee, although slow motion photos showed the man from Bern was carrying his shoulders in sawdust about a minute and a half before the end. So part of the wrestling community is calling for the introduction of video refereeing.
Perhaps the most prominent proponent of the “VAR skinny pants” is Nöldi Forrer. “I have said for years that judges should be given television images of particularly controversial scenes.” The explanation given by the King of Wrestling in 2001: “Because my brother was a referee, I know these guys are under tremendous pressure. While they have to make a decision in haste, TV viewers can watch slow-motion footage from three different angles of each controversial scene at their leisure. You can only lose as a referee.”
“ESV should invest more in referee training”
Roland Knutti also understands that being a “Schwing referee” is associated with a lot of stress. As Director of Training at the Bernese Oberland, the man from Dimitigal took care of Kings Killian Wenger and Matthias Glarner and also took part in the department on this job. However, Knutti vigorously defended himself against the video referee: “VAR has no place in wrestling. Despite video evidence, there are no less intense discussions in football. And when a wrestler looks at the end of his career, he will come to the conclusion that the judges’ happy decisions and unhappy unbalanced.”
“Joel Wiki also went through sessions where he benefited from misjudgment,” Knutti recalls. Knutti’s suggestion: “Instead of VAR technology, ESV will invest a lot more in proper referee training. There is a massive deficit, especially in grading. Top wrestlers are often rewarded with a score of 9 for nice gears.”
According to Blick’s information, ESV actually wants to train its judges more professionally. In the future, Sennenkutteli referees will also be trained by top referees from the football and ice hockey scene. And at the next meeting of the Central Council, the VAR will also be discussed.
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