The World Combat Games are an international multi-sport event featuring the best athletes in combat sports and martial arts. They were established to celebrate the athletes and values of these sports in one place, and to expose them to an international audience. The World Combat Games concept aims for a compact and manageable event that offers cities an opportunity for focused international promotion, engagement with local communities (in particular young people), and the advancement of public health and wellness agendas through inspiring initiatives encouraging participation in combat sports.

This event brings together not only the champions of champions, but also the champions of all abilities, to celebrate a moment of sport which is built on inclusion, non-discrimination, equality – values that are now, in a world of uncertainty, more important than ever.

From 20-30 October 2023, the World Combat Games in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have proudly showcased over 1,500 elite athletes from 120+ countries and 16 martial arts and combat sports: Aikido, Armwrestling, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, SAMBO, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Wushu. The event was being broadcasted by networks in over 100 countries and territories around the world, with all the action also being livestreamed on the official Riyadh 2023 website. The 2023 World Combat Games edition in Riyadh, Saudi Arania has hosted the first World Martial Arts Gala, honouring the legends of martial arts and combat sports.


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