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Lima to host World Combat Games in 2017

The Peruvian capital of Lima has been appointed to host the 2017 edition of the World Combat Games multi-sport event.

Organised by SportAccord, the umbrella organisation for more than 100 international federations and organisations, the 2017 event is due to feature 16 different sports, six of which are regular inclusions in the Olympic programme. More than 2,500 athletes will take part in competitions that stretch across 33 disciplines and 135 categories.

The first-ever edition of the World Combat Games took place in the Chinese capital of Beijing in 2010, with Russia finishing as overall champion. The 2013 Games were staged in the city of St. Petersburg in Russia, where the host nation successfully defended its title.

“The 2017 event will build interest for combat sports and martial arts in the country,” Peru Olympic Committee president José Quiñones González said. “The World Combat Games is a perfect fit for our sporting philosophy to get more people involved with sports.”

The World Combat Games are also due to take place in October next year, but organisers are yet to confirm a host city for the 2016 event.

SportAccord president Marius Vizer added: “The first two editions of the event were successful and it will be a great honour for SportAccord to partner with the Peru Olympic Committee for the World Combat Games.”