Milan Ercegan

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Milan Ercegan
5th President of FILA
Assumed office
Preceded by Roger Coulon
Succeeded by Raphaël Martinetti
Personal details
Born 18 April 1916
Died 11 January 2011(2011-01-11) (aged 94)
Nationality Yugoslavia
Spouse(s) ()

Milan Ercegan (April 18, 1916 – January 11, 2011) was president of International wrestling federation (FILA) for 30 years (from 1972 to 2002) and Honorary President for life of FILA. He was replaced by Raphaël Martinetti (current FILA president) in 2002.

He had been Secretary General for 20 years under President Roger Coulon (FRA) before being elected as FILA President in 1972. After President Coulon’s death in 1971, Secretary General Mr. Milan Ercegan was appointed temporary President and was elected FILA President through a voice vote during the congress in Munich in 1972. He notably published the first book for wrestling coaches (Theory and Practice of Wrestling) in 1973 and organised the following year the first coaches’ course in Dubrovnik. He also created the Advanced School for Coaches in 1974. During his 30 years of presidency, numerous works were published, notably the three major books from Bulgarian Professor Raïko Petrov: "Olympic Wrestling throughout the Millennia" (1993), "100 Years of Olympic Wrestling" (1997) and "The Roots of Wrestling" (2000).

Ercegan opened some new perspectives to the promotion of wrestling. He more particularly started the "FILA Golden Plan" whose goal was to provide technical assistance for developing countries. At the end of his term in 2002, about a hundred wrestling mats and a considerable number of books, magazines, videos and other pedagogic tools were distributed for free to National Federations.

He also introduced new competitions to the FILA calendar (notably the junior World Championships and cadet Continental Championships) and revolutionized the world of wrestling by admitting female wrestling as a full-fledged discipline within FILA and its National Federations. [1] [2]

He died in January, 11, 2011 at the age of 95.

Preceded by
Roger Coulon
President of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
Succeeded by
Raphaël Martinetti