At the end of the 1960s the leaders of the different National Federations of Wrestling from America decided to organize a "Confederation", which, although it had no official recognition from the International Federation of Associated Wrestling -FILA- (called United World Wrestling since 2014) was the seed for the organization of our sport on the Continent.
The CPLA elections were held every 4 years, initially being the tradition that its Presidency corresponded to the host country of the following Pan-American Games. Thus, in 1971 in the City of Cali, Colombia, the President was the Colombian Jaime Zapata but, in the elections held at those Games, he was substituted, at that time, by the President of the Peruvian Wrestling Federation, Dr. Luis Antúnez.
In 1974, the II Schoolboy World Championships was organized in Lima, Peru, which is why the highest authorities of FILA attended, this opportunity was used to choose a person from America who would represent us in the Bureau of FILA, being elected the Architect Manuel Andrade, then President of the Mexican Federation of Associated Wrestlings.
Subsequently, in 1975, at the Pan American Sports Games held in Mexico City, DF, the first Executive Committee of CPLA with specific functions was elected, duly endorsed by FILA, and the Architect Manuel Andrade was ratified as the president. During his administration, the development of wrestling in America was promoted.
Among his main contributions, we can mention:
• Annual organization of the “Wilfrido Massieu” International Wrestling Championship, which at the time was one of the most popular tournaments worldwide, competing in all styles and categories.
• Organization of the first training courses for coaches in America with the support of FILA and PASO (now called Panam Sports).
• Organization in 1973 of the I Senior Pan-American Championships.
• Organization from 1976 in San Salvador, El Salvador, of the I Pan-American Junior Championships.
• Organization in 1973, in Mexico City, of the I Schoolboy World Championships.
• Organization in 1978, in Mexico City, of the Senior World Championships.
• Organization of multiple international FILA referee clinics.
• Founder of several National Federations in Latin America.
• Published various versions of international regulations and technical manuals.
• Thanks to his efforts and dedication, in addition to being President of the Mexican Federation of Wrestling and President of the CPLA, he was Vice-President of FILA and President of the World Mini-Wrestling Commission.
• He is an Honorary Member of the United World Wrestling and the Hall of Fame.
The family of the American Olympic Wresting will always be grateful for his legacy, which is why he is remembered with special affection.
Currently the Andrade Architect resides in the United States and is retired from sports leadership.