By Daniel Etchells

The 2015 United World Wrestling Oceania Championships will take place in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands ©UWWThe Marshall Islands Wrestling Federation (MIWF) is preparing to host the 2015 United World Wrestling (UWW) Oceania Championships in Majuro next month. 

The MIWF, who joined the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), as the world governing body was known then, in 2004, will stage cadet, junior and senior Championships for the first-time ever from March 20 to 22. 

The decision to host all three categories is the result of a successful 2014 edition that featured the same format.

Last year's Championships were held in American Samoa, where a total of 12 nations competed.

As well as the hosts, the participating countries were Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tokelau and Tonga. 

The event doubled as a qualifier for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, which was held on the first day of competition.

This was followed by Greco Roman style wrestling for the cadet, junior and senior men, and freestyle for the cadet, junior and senior women on day two.

The third day saw the freestyle competition for the cadet, junior and senior men take place, before the beach wrestling competition was held on the final day at Utulei Beach.

The 2015 United World Wrestling Oceania Championships will feature freestyle wrestling for the cadet, junior and senior categories ©Getty ImagesThe 2015 United World Wrestling Oceania Championships will feature freestyle wrestling for the cadet, junior and senior categories ©Getty Images



A UWW course has also been scheduled from March 17 to 29, while the Oceania Council of Associated Wrestling Styles (OCAWS) General Assembly meeting will be held on March 19.

A coaching course is being held a week prior to the competition.

For information on the course, contact Ethan Lake, the UWW's Oceania regional development officer, at [email protected]

The FILA revealed the decision to change its name to United World Wrestling in June of last year. 

The FILA Bureau voted on the name change and also approved a new logo as part of a significant rebranding exercise for the sport's world governing body. 

The move came just a year after the sport, which has been contested at every Olympics since 708 BC - with the exception of Paris 1900, found itself fighting for its place on the Games programme beyond Rio 2016.

Wrestling ultimately retained its place in the Olympics by garnering 49 votes to defeat challengers baseball-softball, which polled 24 votes, and squash, with 22 votes, at the International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013. 

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