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Saudi Arabia to host the 2023 World Combat Games

The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee this weekend held a signing ceremony to celebrate the announcement of Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the host of the 2023 World Combat Games (WCG), an international multi-sport festival bringing together ancient traditions, exciting competitions and sports demonstrations. 

Boxing, along with aikido, judo, jujitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muay thai, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling, wushu, and fencing, have been confirmed for the event. 

The nine-day event, which will combine sport and culture in a festival atmosphere, will bring together combat sports and martial arts and include competitions, sports demonstrations, educational conferences and workshops hosted by leading martial art masters. The event will also feature the first World Martial Arts Gala, honouring the legends of martial arts and combat sports. 

GAISF Multi-Sport Games Chairman and GAISF Vice President, Stephan Fox, who is also a former martial arts world champion, said:  

“I would like to express our gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud for their commitment to hosting the World Combat Games 2023, an event very much in line with the Kingdom’s ambitious Saudi Vision 2030. With preparations for the event already in motion, and with the support of more than 15 combat sports and martial arts organizations who are Members of GAISF, we have no doubt that this event will be a huge success.” 


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