Promoting values of self-control, determination and technical mastery, the martial arts and combat sports integrate elements of culture, wisdom and friendship to create a sports competition – the art of combat - SportAccord World Combat Games.
A stage for martial arts and combat sports
SportAccord World Combat Games showcase Olympic and non-Olympic martial arts and combat sports, among them Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Wushu. Featuring the best athletes of each sport, the Games are a top-quality sporting event and are about more than just sports. They are accompanied by a rich and entertaining cultural program that reflects the ancient traditions and values of martial arts as well as well as their contribution to the modern society.
13 sports participated the first edition in 2010. In 2013, two new sports, Fencing and Savate will join and complete the sports programme.
The year 2013 will see the second edition of the SportAccord World Combat Games. ‘We are happy that two more sports want to join the World Combat Games’, says Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord. ‘This shows that our concept is appreciated by our members and that they want to take this additional opportunity to promote their sports.’
The second edition of the World Combat Games to be hosted in St. Petersburg in 2013
St. Petersburg has been announced as the host city of the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games. SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen and Mikhail Ossievski, First Deputy Governor of St. Petersburg, exchanged the Host City contract during the SportAccord General Assembly in London in April.
Mikhail Ossievski said: 'Martial arts have always been popular, among the numerous sports practiced in St. Petersburg. More than 35 000 children and youngsters go to sports schools and sports clubs where they do wrestling, boxing, fencing, karate, wushu, taekwondo and other kinds of martial arts. There are hundreds of sports clubs in the city and we think that the World Combat Games will further propagate healthy lifestyle among the population and promote the philosophy of good will inherent in the sports.'
International Sports Federations which participate in the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games are: International Aikido Federation (IAF), International Boxing Association (AIBA), International Judo Federation (IJF), International Ju Jitsu Federation (JJIF), International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), World Karate Federation (WKF), International Kendo Federation (FIK), World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO), World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), International Wushu Federation (IWUF), International Fencing Federation (FIE), International Federation of Amateur Sambo (FIAS), International Savate Federation (FISav), International Sumo Federation (IFS)
SportAccord World Combat Games website: www.worldcombatgames.com