2013 World Combat Games - Thank you Saint Petersburg!
After nine days of intense competitions, the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games have come to an end.
The second edition of the Games saw hard fought battles in 15 different martial arts and combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic: aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muaythai, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, wreslting and wushu, across three venues in the city of Saint-Petersburg: the Saint-Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex, the Yubileiny Sports Complex and the Arena (Spartak).
Nearly 1,400 exceptional male and female athletes from 62 different countries competed in this showcase of exceptional talent. A total of 473 medals were distributed, with host country Russia leading the total medal count by a wide margin, followed by France, Japan and the Ukraine.
Each of the participating sports appointed an ambassador who was a well-known and accomplished individual representing their sport in the rich and diversified social programme of the Games. Their activities included hospital and school visits with youth, where they shared inspiring stories about how sport shaped their lives.
Live broadcast of the Games on 18 channels in Latin America, Canada, USA, China, Russia, Malaysia, Romania and the Pan-Middle East as well as online broadcasting in over 120 countries reached viewers across the globe.
SportAccord President Marius Vizer said of the event: “the World Combat Games are proof that the Martial Arts and Combat Sports are one family of sports that support each other and this event is a great opportunity to show how their values can be transferred to societies.”
Looking ahead, the next SportAccord World Combat Games will continue to develop, with new sports brought into the martial arts and combat sports family. The next edition is planned for 2015.