The World Combat Games

The World Combat Games are a multi-sports international event mainly focusing on martial arts and combat sports. Fifteen sports are included in this event. Some are Olympic sports while others are non-Olympic sports. The main sports currently on the program are wushu, wrestling, taekwondo, sumo, savate, sambo, Muay Thai, kickboxing, kendo, karate, ju-jitsu, judo, fencing, boxing and aikido. The program has also included the sport of pankration.

The World Combat Games event was initiated by Sport Accord, now called The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). This organization is an important umbrella organization for sports organizers and all the international sports federations. This event is now accompanied by a cultural program to bring these sports closer attention of the public all over the globe. This cultural program reflects the ancient values and traditions of the martial arts and combat games included in this event.

The first ever World Combat Games Event was held in Beijing, China in 2010. Over 1000 athletes from all the 5 continents of the world participated with full enthusiasm. 118 gold medals were awarded during the 8 days competition. Russia took lead with 18 gold medals, china stood second with 15 gold medals and Ukraine stood third with 7 gold medals.

The second World Combat Games event was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2013. In this event, 2 new sports, fencing and savate, joined and competed. Russia again stood at the top of medal rankings table by securing 47 gold medals. Ukraine stood second by securing 34 and France stood third by securing 12 gold medals. This event was a 9 days event (18-26 October) excluding the inaugural ceremony at the first day.

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