Portugal Pursuing Olympic Solidarity Development of National Sports System

By Tim Foley

LISBON (May 21) – The Portugal Wrestling Federation has been accepted into the Olympic Solidarity Development of National Sports System (DNSS) program.

The five stage plan began in February and has since completed additional phases in April and May. The fourth phase will be in September and the fifth in December. The five phases were staggered throughout the nation to help promote nationwide participation in the sport. The final plans call for unified education and development.

The program is being led by Luis FONTES, coach and Technical Director for the Portugal Wrestling Federation.

United World Wrestling encourages eligible National Federations to apply the program through their National Olympic Committee. The maximum amount that one National Federation could receive is 30,000 USD through the development program.

The details of this program is on our web in the development section, the link is as follow:

For more information, please email [email protected]


UWW Level 1 Coaching, Referee Courses in India Attract Over 70 Participants

By United World Wrestling Press

HARYANA, India (April 10) - The Wrestling Federation of India, in cooperation with United World Wrestling, held a Level 1 Coaching Course and Introduction to Refereeing Course at the Northern Regional Centre Sonipat in Haryana, India, March 13-17.

The 8-day courses attracted more than 70 potential referees and coaches from across India. The courses were delivered by UWW educators Georgi SREDKOV (BUL) and Davor PETANJEK (CRO).

Both courses taught participants the essential skills necessary to sharpen their skillset and provide tools for them to develop their wrestling programs efficiently within their clubs and regions.

The courses were interactive, giving attending referees and coaches the chance to practice sharpening classroom skills on the mats.

The Wrestling Federation of India expressed its ongoing support of United World Wrestling’s Grow Wrestling initiatives and desire to cooperate with other projects related to development of wrestling across India.