Mikhail Mamiashvili

Mikhail Mamiashvili (born 1963 in Konotop, Ukrainian SSR) is a Russian wrestler of Georgian origin. He won an Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, competing for the Soviet Union. In 1978 along with his parents Mamiashvili moved to Moscow, Russian Federation.

Mikhail Mamiashvili
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Mamiashvili in 2013
Medal record
Men's wrestling (Greco-Roman)
Representing the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Middleweight
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Kiev Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1985 Kolbotn Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1986 Budapes Middleweight
Silver medal – second place 1989 Martigny Middleweight
Silver medal – second place 1990 Ostia Middleweight
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1986 Piraeus Welterweight
Gold medal – first place 1988 Kolbotn Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1989 Oulu Middleweight


At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Mamiashvili was accused by a Swedish board member of wrestling's international governing body for giving signs to a referee of a gold medal match involving a Russian wrestler. When the board member informed Mamiashvili of the accusation, Mamiashvili purportedly told him: "You should know that this may lead to your death," despite evidence found by the board member that the referee had been bribed.[1]

In 2015, Mamiashvili was denied a United States visa to attend the UWW World Championships in Las Vegas.[2]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Mamiashvili, was accused of punching Russia's 63 kg female wrestler Inna Trazhukova in the face twice following her loss to Poland's Monika Michalik in the bronze medal match.[3][4][5] Mamiashvili does not deny punching Trazhukova.[3]

He is currently the Vice President of United World Wrestling and head of the Wrestling Federation of Russia.


He won gold medals at the 1983, 1985 and 1986 World Wrestling Championships and won the European championship in 1986. He also won two silver medal at the World Wrestling Championships in 1989, 1990. He was USSR National Champion in 1984, 1987, and 1988. He is currently the President of Russian Wrestling Federation and one of the most powerful men in International Olympic wrestling serving as a FILA Bureau Member (Federation of Associated Wrestling Style)(www.fila-wrestling.com).Mamiashvili was inducted in the FILA Hall of Fame in 2008 for his many accomplishments as an athlete and administrator for Soviet/Russian wrestling.[6]

He is the current chairperson and president of the Wrestling Federation of Russia[:ru].


  1. ^ "Russian Wrestling Federation President to miss World Championships after refused visa by United States". Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  2. ^ "Russian Wrestling President Denied U.S. Visa on Eve of Championships". Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  3. ^ a b "Russia's Head Of Wrestling Punched Female Wrestler In Face For Losing Bronze Medal Match". The Big Lead. 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  4. ^ "Wrestler says she was hit in the face twice by head of Russian wrestling federation". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  5. ^ "Российский борец Тражукова заявила, что ее избил президент Федерации борьбы РФ". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  6. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Mikhail Mamiashvili". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2012."Mikhail Mamiashvili".

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