Giger and Wicki in good shape

How badly has the corona pandemic damaged the national sport?
The contact sport of wrestling has suffered a lot in the last two years. A season that practically fell through completely and a season with an extremely large number of restrictions have left their mark. There was a decline in the number of active people, around 500 wrestlers hung up their thongs during the corona pandemic. And the association also had to tighten its belt despite financial support from the federal government. Corona caught the previously booming wrestling sport on the wrong foot. “Now we are looking forward to normality, for sure until autumn. How the pandemic develops afterwards is like reading coffee grounds, »says Rolf Gasser, the association’s managing director. He is pleased that the young wrestlers have reached the level of 2019 again.

What’s next?
The atmospheric Kilchberger Schwinget last fall is intended to mark the start of a new flight of fancy. We are now looking forward to a complete season with all the highlights at the original locations. The Stoos- and Rigi-Schwinget are back on the mountain and not without spectators in the valley. All eleven major festivals (six mountain festivals, five sub-association festivals) and many cantonal festivals can be seen live on television. And then the absolute highlight of the season awaits with the Federal in Pratteln in August. Up to 400,000 people are expected in Baselland. With 50,900 seats, the arena will be a little smaller than in Zug. “But it remains the largest temporary arena in the world,” says Gasser. The ticket prices have been raised again for this. With the Unspunnen-Schwinget in Interlaken, the Jubilee-Schwinget in Appenzell and the Swiss Confederation in Mollis, the years 2023 to 2025 are also peppered with absolute highlights.

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