Noel Thompson saves Olympic Wrestling "We can Change the World Together"

(Above) “My Private Club, the New York Athletic Club which I was both President and Chairman of Wrestling, established in 1868 started the modern Day Olympic Games with Pierre De Coubertin and the London Athletic Club. The Olympic Games and other international sporting events still stand as a counterpoint to war.

I spent the last year working closely with Fila and the IOC in the lobbying effort to help reinstate Wrestling into the Olympic Games. During this process, Nenad Lalovic and I, worked with Vuk Jeremić, 67th President of the United Nations and Jacques Rogge, former IOC President to create a Global Day of Sport and Peace for Mankind which is now April 6th every year in perpetuity.

The next step is to get wrestling added to the core program. We have to strengthen our position in the Olympic Movement. Fila Bureau members must have IOC relationships to prevent together.”
- Noel Thompson

Noel Thompson: Fila Bureau Candidate: Noel Thompson
Noel is the Secretary General of the Jamaican Wrestling Federation, which governs wrestling in the Nation of Jamaica. Born in Kingston Jamaica, Noel is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Thompson Global LLC, owner and operator of Thompson Global LP, which is engaged in the investment management of client and proprietary assets. Noel lives in New York City with his wife Mildred and their son Noel Thompson III, AKA T3.

In 2013, Noel served on the Committee for Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW) and worked very closely with Fila and IOC in the effort to help Save Olympic wrestling with Nenad Lalovic .

Along with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, United Nations President Vuk Jeremić and Fila President Nenad Lalovic a special session at the UN General Assembly established 6th of April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace – A decision that represented a historic step in recognizing sport as a tool for development and peace.

This day is celebrated each year by UN Member States to honor the role that sports play in society, whether by encouraging healthier lifestyles, making sports more widely accessible or using sports as a vehicle for development in areas made vulnerable by conflict, poverty and inequality.

Noel currently serves on the board of Trustees for Beat the Streets, which host Global events in Time Square and Grand Central Station in New York City. He serves on the board Trustees of US Olympic and Para Olympic Foundations, which fund all Olympic Sports for the United States.

About Friends of Long Island Wrestling

- Noel previously served as Wrestling Chairman of the tony New York Athletic Club, which was established in 1869 and founded the Olympic Games with Pierre de Coubertin.

- He chaired the NYAC to four National Division 1 team titles, 20 individual National Champions, and two World Medals.

Previously, Noel was also President of NYAC Wrestling. As a competitor, he wrestled for the New York Athletic Club placing at the 2001 US Open in Men's Freestyle.

- In 2013, Noel was named Hofstra University Young Alumni of the Year and was the 2014 recipient of the Joseph M. Margiotta Distinguished Service Award for Hofstra University Athletics Alumnus of the Year.

- Noel graduated from Hofstra University with a major in Marketing and a minor in History. Wrestling all four years, he was a three-time team captain. He is a four-time NCAA Qualifier—three times making the All-American Round—and amassed 130 career collegiate wins.

- He was awarded the Howdy Myers Award as Hofstra's Outstanding Male Athlete.

- Noel was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in the Outstanding American Category in 2014, and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club.

To Keep Wrestling we have to Grow Wrestling!
- Sponsorship is important to grow wrestling as we develop nations and form tools around the world. Noel’s company MusclePharm has sponsored Federations, athletes and Fila to help continue to get capital into wrestling and guarantee its continued growth.

- The History of wrestling Goes back before the ancient Olympic Games when wrestling was part of mankind’s transition to civilized society. The Ancient Olympics took the skills of war and survival and turned them into non-fatal contests with rules and rewards. Fighting, running, jumping and throwing became wrestling, boxing and track and field. Wrestling has been a core sport since the introduction of the modern Olympics in 1896.

- Wrestling has played a vital role in human development in many ways. It has been used as a cultural tradition across the entire globe. It is hard to find a place where people are not wrestling.

- Wrestling is one of those sports like martial arts that is passed down through generations of wrestlers within a family, community or culture.