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2021 World Combat Games awarded to Kazakh capital

Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan, will host the 2021 World Combat Games, it has been announced at the Global Association of International Sports Federations’ (GAISF) general assembly today (Friday), on the closing day of the SportAccord Convention in Gold Coast, Australia.

The event, which combines disciplines from across the world of combat sports and martial arts, will be the third edition of the Games, with the last taking place in St Petersburg in 2013. An edition was due to be held this year in Chinese Taipei, but was cancelled amid plans to create a new format for the event. 

Raffaele Chiulli, the newly-inaugurated GAISF president, said at the announcement at SportAccord that one of the main priorities of his organisation was to “create a platform for our members to showcase their disciplines through multi-sport games”.

He added that GAISF would offer its full support to the organisers of the event and towards ensuring future editions. 

The city, formerly known as Astana but recently renamed in honour of the country’s former president former president Nursultan Nazarbayev, will stage the World Combat Games between 3 and 9 May 2021.