Dates of October 21 to 30 2023 have been set for the World Combat Games in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh next year.
The final dates were approved in a meeting between the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the Local Organising Committee.
„The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking forward to hosting a memorable and inclusive 2023 World Combat Games in Riyadh,“ said Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee President Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud.
„This event will celebrate unity, champion diversity and share the positive values of combat sports and martial arts with the rest of the world.
„We look forward to welcoming athletes, fans and officials for what will be an exciting international multi-sport festival.“
The World Combat Games is expected to feature 2,000 athletes across 15 sports, with GAISF claiming the multi-sport event will boost the exposure of the disciplines on display and the host city.
In addition to finalising the dates of the event, the meeting saw discussions take place on the sports programme, competition venues, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and an awards night.
„We are delighted to announce the dates for the 2023 World Combat Games in the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,“ said GAISF and SportAccord President Ivo Ferriani.
„I know that athletes and fans travelling to Riyadh from around the world will receive the warmest of welcomes.
„This major multi-sport games will help inspire the next generation of combat sports and martial arts athletes in Riyadh and around the world.“
The World Combat Games will also see the inaugural World Martial Arts Gala, which is due to honour martial arts icons, take place.