Organisers of the 2013 World Combat Games in Saint-Petersburg recently met in the host city to refine the communication and media strategy for the second edition of the event taking place from October 18-26 next year. The World Combat Games are being organised by SportAccord and the Russian Martial Arts Union (RUMA), which brings together 57 Russian sports federations and organisations. Saint-Petersburg was represented at the meeting by Nikolay Rastvortsev, the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Physical Culture and Sport.

RUMA Chief Executive Pavel Zhuravlev presented a progress report to international federations for the 15 combat sports and martial arts on the 2013 programme. The Games will feature: Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Wushu. Fencing and savate will appear for the first time in the Saint-Petersburg edition. Martial arts activities are popular in Saint-Petersburg, with about 35,000 children taking part in various disciplines