Japan has been the dominant nation in women's wrestling since it started at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The Japanese have won 11 of the 18 gold medals at the last three Olympics. United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic noted the good crowds at the 2016 Rio Games and expects this schedule "will help us reach even more fans and create a positive and energetic environment for all our competitors."
The Greco-Roman discipline will begin Aug. 2, followed by women's and men's freestyle. Women don't wrestle Greco-Roman. United World Wrestling is the international governing body, headquartered in Switzerland.