Medical Conference

Registration Open for World Wrestling Medicine Conference and Team Physician Course

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (July 26) -- Registration is now open for the World Wrestling Medicine Conference and Team Physician Course, which will take place October 24-26 at the University of Physical Education in Budapest Hungary, before the start of the U23 World Championships.

The event is being organized by United World Wrestling, Hungarian Wrestling Federation and the University of Physical Education, Budapest. Szabolcs Molnár is the director of the event.

Nineteen speakers from a dozen different countries will present on a variety of topics, including wrestling injuries, injury prevention, corticosteroid injections, overtraining and fatigue syndrome, doping rule violations, medical examinations, skin conditions and much more.

Participants can register through Athena for the U23 World Championships and select the box "Attend Medical Conference." A 150 fee will be charged and includes transportation, transport, conference registration, lunch and coffee breaks, as well as certificates.

Participants who wish to attend without registering through Athena via their National Federation may fill out this form and send it to [email protected] A fee of 90€ per day for the participation in the conference will be invoiced to the applicant. The fee includes registration, conference material, lunch and coffee breaks, attendance certificate & training course certificates. Accommodation and transport are not included with the fee.

Rules and form for abstract submission:

Rules for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Form

Program Wrestling Medicine Conference

The deadline to register for the World Wrestling Medicine Conference and Team Physician Course is September 28.

Abstracts must be submitted by August 30, with the selection and announcement set for September 10.

For more information on the World Wrestling Medicine Conference and Team Physician Course, please contact [email protected].



Wrestling Modifies Draw, Brings Blockchain to the Mats

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (December 10) -- The world's oldest sport is showing signs that it could be among the most innovative.

United World Wrestling has announced the implementation of a new draw process for competitions that includes the use of Blockchain technology to ensure a certifiably random assignment of athletes into competition brackets. The system, a first in the Olympic movement, has been reviewed, approved and applauded by the International Olympic Committee.

"We are always striving to improve our operations and guarantee total transparency in our draw process," said United World Wrestling IT Director Sebastien Guenat. " I'm happy we can introduce Blockchain as it will save us time during the draw of weight categories and ensure absolute random assignments."

The draws themselves will now only occur once per style. In effect, the draws will mean that athletes, coaches, and fans will be able to see some brackets up to three days in advance of the competition.

"This is a major step forward for us because it allows coaches to know in advance the opponent of their wrestlers in order to adjust their preparation," said United World Wrestling Sports Director Jean-Daniel Rey. "The process is always under review and these changes signal that we are ready to adapt to the needs of our coaches, athletes, and fans."

The Executive Committee, who approved the changes, also made note that there will now be a Technical Conference at the start of each style, whereas before there was only one conference prior to the start of the competition. Participation in the Technical Conference is still mandatory.

For the 2020 season it was decided that for Continental and World Qualifiers only one draw would be done for the entire event and that the 2020 Olympic Games will continue to utilize one draw per day.

The Executive Committee also approved scheduling semifinal bouts (where nations obtain their quota for the Olympic Games) for two-day competition formats (World Championships and European qualifiers) after the gold and silver medal bouts of the weight categories of the previous day.

A number of other minor changes were made to age limitations, reporting of injuries, disqualifications, and medal reassignments in cases of doping. The changes can be viewed on the United World Wrestling website, here.