United World Wrestling (UWW)

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Founded 1912, Stockholm (Sweden), as International Amateur Wrestling Federation -- Fédération internationale de lutte amateur, at the Olympic Games, by a committee appointed to work out proposals for rules and statutes of an international federation to comprise wrestling, weightlifting, tug-of-war, throwing events and shot-putting. Subsequently changed title to Fédération internationale des luttes associées (FILA) -- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles. Current title adopted Sep 2014. Reconstituted 1921, Lausanne (Switzerland). First printed Rules, 1937. New Rules adopted in 1950, Stockholm. Most recent edition of Rules: 2003.


Encourage development of all wrestling styles (Greco-Roman, freestyle, women's, traditional, grappling, belt wrestling, Pankration Athlima, etc); promote the sport in all countries; bring support and technical assistance to developing countries; contribute to development of friendly relations among all wrestlers and between national federations; establish and distribute international rules for different wrestling styles; exercise control over wrestling throughout affiliated national federations and associate members; supervise application of wrestling rules and regulations at Olympic Games, world championships, world cups, continental competitions and all international events held under FILA control; designate, select, train, improve and coordinate international referees; represent the sport and protect interests at the International Olympic Committee and at other meetings; arbitrate and take all necessary decisions in any case of litigation or disputes arising between national federations.

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Organizes: Senior World Championships (annual except during Olympic Games); Senior, Junior and Cadet Continental Championships (annual); Junior and Cadet World Championships (annual); Senior World Cups freestyle; Greco-Roman, Female (annual); Junior World Cup (annual); courses for referees; courses for coaches.


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Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 13 non-governmental organizations.
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