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Riyadh has been confirmed as the host of the 2023 World Fighting Games (WCG), an event featuring 15 combat sports and martial arts members of the World Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).
The Kingdom “looks forward to welcoming athletes from all parts of the world,” said Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud, Chairman of the Saudi Olympic Committee (SAOC).
“Saudi Arabia is very aligned with the Olympic values, and this event is part of the country’s Vision 2030 (plan) to promote a vibrant society with a diverse and thriving economy,” he added. .
The Kingdom “has the infrastructure, and will use this event to strengthen the martial arts community in Saudi Arabia, and will use these multi-sport games as one of the first major events towards the Asian Games 2034.”
The WCG aims to promote combat sports and martial arts to international and local communities through the following 15 disciplines: Aikido, boxing, judo, jiu-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, Thai boxing, sambo, SAFTA, sumo , taekwondo, wrestling, wushu and fencing.
The WCG “is much more than a sporting event powered by the GAISF, it is part of a memorandum of understanding (memorandum of understanding) between the GAISF and the IOC (International Olympic Committee)”, declared the president of GAISF and SportAccord Raffaele Chiulli.
“The WCG represents sports from both the non-Olympic family and the Olympic family. The next steps will be to finalize the sports program with the International Sports Federations and obtain the final approval from the IOC.
Stephan Fox, president of GAISF multisport games and former world martial arts champion, believes Saudi Arabia is an ideal choice for this post-COVID-19 tournament.
“The candidacy submitted by Saudi Arabia is robust and inspiring. The vision for this event will bring a festive atmosphere to the festival, ”said Fox, who is also GAISF vice president.
“There will be workshops with leading martial arts masters, educational lectures and the world’s premier martial arts gala, honoring legends of martial arts and combat sports.”