The struggle has always been popular with all nations. As one of the oldest sports, it was included in the program of the I Olympic Games of 1896. The rules of the competitions at the I Olympic Games did not provide for division into weight categories. The first in the history of wrestling Olympic medals received - Karl Schumann (Germany), Georgios Tsitas and Stefan
UWW represents the world amateur wrestling in the International Olympic Committee, protects its interests, examines controversial issues that arise between individual federations of countries. The highest body of UWW is the congress, which is held every two years. In the period between congresses, the work of UWW is headed by a bureau that meets.
One of the main tasks of FILA is the fight against racial discrimination. In order to popularize the struggle, experienced specialists are sent to various countries to provide methodical and practical assistance.
Conduct joint training, seminars, conferences for coaches and judges. FILA pays great attention to improving the rules in the fight.