The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, also known in French as Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA), named Yerlikaya "The Wrestler of the Century" in 1996.
FILA is an international wrestling federation that holds events around the world. It is the governing body of international amateur wrestling.
FILA is the body responsible for supervising Olympic wrestling, and so competitions for freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling take place every Summer Olympiad.
Kyrgyzstan's Embassy in Ankara asked Turkey's Sports General Directorate to give cv and photographs of Yerlikaya who became two-times Olmpic champion, three-times world champion and eight-times European champion.
Kyrgyz officials were given information and photographs necessary for the statue that would be erected in Bishkek.
Yerlikaya told A.A correspondent that Kyrgyzstan wanted to erect statues of sportsmen who wrote history.
Yerlikaya said Kyrgyzstan was getting prepared to become a candidate to Olympic games. "Kyrgyzstan aims to introduce model sportsmen to its youth to popularize sports. I am proud that my statue will be erected in Kyrgyzstan."
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