World Combat Games

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World Combat Games
Genremultisport competitions
Inaugurated2010 (2010)
Previous event2013
Next event2021
Organised bySportAccord

The World Combat Games are an international multi-sport event featuring combat sports and martial arts. Fifteen Olympic and non-Olympic sports are currently on the programme: aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Pankration, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling and wushu.

The World Combat Games were initiated by SportAccord, the umbrella organisation for international sports federations and organizers of sports events, in order to bring these sports closer to a worldwide public. The World Combat Games are accompanied by a cultural program that reflects the ancient traditions and values of martial arts as well as their contribution to modern society.[1]


Year Edition Venue Nation Sports Events Team Champion
2010 I Beijing  China 12 118  Russia
2013 II Saint Petersburg  Russia 15 135  Russia
2019 - Taipei  Chinese Taipei n/a n/a n/a
2021 III Nur-Sultan  Kazakhstan tbc tbc -
2025 IV tbc tbc tbc tbc -

World Combat Games 2010[edit]

The first World Combat Games was held 2010 in Beijing, with competitions for boxing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, sanshou, Muay Thai, sambo, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling, and an aikido demonstration. Over 1000 athletes from all five continents participated. About the same number of volunteers helped to deliver the event. During the eight days of competitions 118 gold medals were awarded. Medals were won by 60% of the nations taking part in the Games, and also by not traditional combat sports nations.[citation needed] Russia lead the medal table with 18 gold medals, followed by China (15) and the Ukraine (7).[2]

World Combat Games 2013[edit]

The second World Combat Games were held in Saint Petersburg.[3] In these Games, the sports of savate and fencing made their debut. Russia dominated the medal table, with 47 gold medals.

World Combat Games 2019[edit]

The demise of the SportAccord organisation, following a dispute with the International Olympic Committee and the SportAccord president Marius Vizer led to a temporary halt on the World Combat Games. The successor organisation, Global Association of International Sports Federations or GAISF took over the organisation of the event, and signed heads of agreement in November 2017 with official from Chinese Taipei for a 2019 edition of the event. However, it proved impossible to organise within the time frame, and the 2019 was shelved, with the intention of relaunching the event in 2021.[4]

World Combat Games 2021[edit]

On May 10, 2019, GAISF announced that Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan's capital city, had been awarded the 2021 World Combat Games. The Games will take place from May 3 to 9 in the capital city, which had recently been renamed from Astana. At the announcement, GAISF announced that event would henceforth adhere to a quadrennial timescale, with the next event, as yet unawarded, planned for 2025.[5]


Medal table[edit]

1 Russia653136132
2 China2091948
3 France19131648
4 Japan17171145
5 Ukraine11212557
6 Italy1011930
7 Iran98926
8 Thailand75416
9 Azerbaijan61310
10 Poland531826
Totals (10 nations)169119150438

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SportAccord
  2. ^ Medal Table 2010
  3. ^ "St. Petersburg to host the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games". SportAccord. April 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]

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