British professional wrestling should be classified as a sport, says all-party parliamentary group

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A parliamentary group said wrestling should be classified as a sport

British professional wrestling should be classified as a sport in training schools, according to a report by an all-party parliamentary group.

The survey, carried out by a group of deputies from various political parties, recommends that wrestling training schools be considered “sporting” but that shows and promotions be considered “theatrical”, “artistic” or “performative” .

He also urged the Arts Council and Sport England to do the same.

Classifying professional wrestling as both a sport and entertainment will help improve health and safety as well as protection in the discipline, MEPs said.

The investigation found that health and safety standards in wrestling in Britain are “extremely low” and sought clarification in the designation of the discipline, often referred to as “sports entertainment”.

Professional wrestling in Britain currently operates as an entertainment industry run by various fight promoters, inspired by the glamor and drama of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the United States.

Last summer, BBC Sport spoke with the #SpeakingOut movement, The #MeToo moment of the UK struggle, where numerous allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct have emerged that have highlighted the lack of regulation and protection in the industry.

An all-party parliamentary group was then created and sought to examine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as “review current laws and regulations governing the industry” and make recommendations and suggest actions to support the British struggle.

Group Co-Chairs MP Alex Davies and MP Mark Fletcher said in a statement: ‘We are delighted to be taking what we hope is a first step towards strengthening and improving the UK wrestling industry. which brings joy to so many people. , ourselves included. We look forward to putting our recommendations into action in the coming weeks. ”

In 2020, MP Tracey Crouch, then Minister of Sports, introduced a private member’s bill that would amend the 2003 Sexual Offenses Act “to make the athletic coach a position of trust for the purpose of offenses sex on children ”.

In this regard, the survey recommends that wrestling coaches be “explicitly recognized as occupying such positions of trust”.

The report also discusses the challenges faced by professional wrestling between sport and entertainment.

He found that “the absence of all appropriate governance and oversight” had created “serious implications for the mental and physical health, safety and well-being of performers and others”.

Among other health and safety measures, he recommended that “all promoters, coaches and referees be qualified in physical and mental first aid and trained in concussion awareness and protocols.”

He also acknowledged that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic had been “devastating” and that there was “significant confusion among control promotions about guidelines to follow”.

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