Beach Wrestling was codified during the 2004 Congress in Athens in order to bring together all the different traditional wrestling styles practiced on sand and to make them more popular worldwide. It also aims at promoting the values of a fun, secure, accessible, and eco-friendly sport. Beach Wrestling is practiced in swimming suit within a sand circle of 6m and consists of very simple rules: to win the match, the wrestler must maintain his opponent’s shoulders on the ground (victory by fall), or being first scoring three technical points according with the following criteria: One point for a takedown or pushout, and two points for takedowns with back exposure.
Beach Wrestling was introduced to the programme of the first Youth Olympic Games that took place in Singapore in 2010. United World Wrestling intends to bring the discipline to the World Beach Games.