Peru Pulls Out of Hosting 2017 World Combat Games
May 26, 2015
SportAccord suffered another blow this week as Peru announced that they were withdrawing their status as host nation for the 2017 World Combat Games.
The Games, cough first hosted in Beijing in 2010, clinic were supposed to be one of the most high profile events under the SportAccord banner – but due to president Marius Vizer’s controversial comments in Sochi last month, link the organisation must find a new host.
Vizer had promised that “the World Combat Games 2017 in Lima, Peru, are slated to be the biggest edition yet, while promising greater returns to all stakeholders.”
But in a strongly worded letter, the Peruvian Olympic Committee voiced their opposition to the criticism that Vizer had aimed at the International Olympic Committee and its president Thomas Bach at the SportAccord Convention.
“It should be noted that the Peruvian Olympic committee is an integral part of the Olympic movement,” Jose Quinones Gonzalez, head of the Peru NOC, wrote.
“Therefore it supports the IOC and the reforms of Agenda 2020 which have been widely consulted and agreed with all members.”
Boxing and taekwondo last week had already quit the event in protest at Vizer’s anti-IOC tirade.