TAIWAN (Taipei News) – After a 6 year hiatus, the World Combat Games has announced that Taiwan will host the third international World Combat Games in 2019.
An agreement was signed on Thursday Nov. 9 between Taiwanese government officials and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Details on the total number of events, venues, exact dates and ticket prices are still undecided.
The event is expected to be held in late 2019, with either Taipei or Kaohsiung as the host city, said a report from insidethegames.biz.
There are 15 different combat sports expected to be included in the program; aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muay thai, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling and wushu.
The World Combat Games are a relatively new international sporting event, and have only been held twice previously. The first World Combat Games were in Beijing, China in 2010, and then the second was held in St. Petersburg, Russia three years later.
The games were organized and sponsored by the organization SportAccord. To date, Russian athletes have collected the most medals from the two previous World Combat Games of 2010 and 2013, followed up by athletes from China
There were originally plans to host a third World Combat Games event in Lima, Peru in 2018. However, after controversy involving a former supervisor of SportAccord and the president of the International Olympic Committee, Lima withdrew from their agreement to host the games.
Earlier this year, SportAccord changed their name to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).
Logo of the 2013 World Combat Games, Held in St. Petersburg Russia.
The concept behind the World Combat Games is more than a simple martial arts competition. It is also intended to comprise a cultural program that showcases the history and values imbued in martial arts traditions from around the world.
Hopefully, the World Combat Games in Taiwan will be a successful international sporting event for the promoters, the athletes, the martial arts world, and of course, for the country of Taiwan.