Kazakhstan Will Host Inaugural World Combat Games

May 10, 2019

The Kazakhstan capital of Nur-Sultan will host the inaugural World Combat Games in 2021.

The announcement was made today during the General Assembly of the Global Association of International Sports Federations in Gold Coast, Australia.

Powered by GAISF, the World Combat Games are set to take place from May 3-9, 2021, bringing together the most exciting combat and martial arts sports athletes from all over the world.

By hosting the Games, the organisers aim to further develop those sports and inspire the next generation of athletes. One year before the Games, the organisers will launch the World Combat Games Festival, which will incorporate all 14 regions of Kazakhstan, making it a country-wide celebration.

GAISF said that Nur-Sultan was chosen to host the Games due to its modern facilities and the country’s passion for combat and martial arts sports.

The three main venues of the World Combat Games will be the Martial Arts Palace, the Alau Ice Palace and the national velodrome, which are conveniently located within close proximity of one another and will be complemented by a festival plaza offering a memorable all-in-one experience.

The Martial Arts Palace was specifically designed for major international competitions and training camps in Kazakhstan’s capital city. The purpose-built Martial Arts Palace is currently in the final stages of development and will be inaugurated this summer.

Following the announcement, former Kazakhstan Prime Minister and President of the Martial Arts Association of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov said:  “We are delighted to have been awarded the 2021 World Combat Games. Combat sports and martial arts are extremely popular throughout Kazakhstan and it is sure to be a wonderful celebration of sport. My thanks to GAISF for their ongoing support and we now look forward to an amazing Games in 2021.”

GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli said: “Creating a platform for our Members to showcase their disciplines through multi-sport games is one of GAISF’s main priorities. We are excited to be working with the team from Nur-Sultan and the launch of the World Combat Games.”