Overview of the Department's structure and programs

The Technical Assistance & Development Commission comprises the following members:

  • President
  • Secretary General
  • Continental Presidents

The Commission meets annually to review UWW's development and education programs and aims, through these programs, at providing assistance to National Federations in good legal and financial standing. The Development Department is responsible for assisting the National Federations in implementing and benefitting from these programs, with the aim to develop wrestling worldwide.

The Development Department is composed of administrators and project managers along with highly knowledgeable wrestling experts able to promote, conduct and implement wrestling development worldwide.

In agreement with the Continental Councils, UWW's revenues are allocated towards these programs in favor of the national federations with the greatest needs.
United World Wrestling provides annual funding and in-kind support to contribute to global wrestling development at national level. These funds may be attributed through the following programs:
Development Programs 
•    Athletes: scholarships, training camps, and education
•    Coaches: training and education
•    Referees: training, scholarships and educations programs
•    Management: administration and educational workshops/courses
•    Participation and Grassroots Programs
•    Women and Sport
Technical Assistance
•    Technical support for competitions
•    Training equipment and supplies
High Performance Training Centres
Through key working relationships with the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Solidarity, CONFEJES, AIJF, OlympAfrica and others, the UWW Technical Assistance & Development Commission and the Development Department are committed to assist all national federations. 

Development Team and Staff Directory 

Led by Mrs Deqa Niamkey, UWW Development Director, the United World Wrestling Development team is composed of 5 development staff, 2 consultant coaches, and 46 mission-based educators.

Athletes are at the heart of UWW's development programs, and the Development Department is at the service of the UWW members and national federations. The Department works closely with the UWW Commissions to develop and implement educational, technical and training programs on a global scale, which are tailor-made and based on the needs and requirements of each continent, region and country willing to pursue the growth of wrestling.

Deqa, NIAMKEY, UWW Development Director
UWW headquarters, Corsier-sur-Vevey Switzerland
Lei Liang

Lei LIANG, UWW Development Manager

Email: [email protected]

UWW headquarters, Corsier-sur-Vevey Switzerland

Vincent Aka
Vincent AKA, UWW Development Officer
Based in Ivory Coast
Yuri Maier


Yuri MAIER, UWW Sports and Development Officer

Email: [email protected]

Based in Argentina

Zach Errett


Zach ERRETT, UWW Education Manager

Email: [email protected]

Based in the USA


Olzhas  Beisembayev, UWW Sport & Development Officer Asia

Email:[email protected]

Based in Astana


UWW Development Department Consultant Coaches

Consultant coaches reside at the UWW High Performance Training Centers, and work on a daily basis with the athletes training in the center . 

All listed educators are endorsed by their respective National Federations, Continental Councils, and the Coaches and Refereeing Commissions, and have successfully passed the UWW Educator Courses. They are the main workforce that helps deliver the UWW educational and training courses for coaches and referees.