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SportAccord Update: Nur-Sultan, Chengdu to host major games

Date : 10 May 2019

Gold Coast, Australia, May 10, 2019: Two Asian cities have been chosen to host major multi-sport games at meetings on the sidelines of SportAccord Gold Coast 2019, which wrapped on Friday, May 10.

Nur-Sultan, capital of Kazakhstan, has been awarded the 2021 World Combat Games and Chengdu, China has been officially been confirmed as the host city of the 12th World Games in 2025.

The World Combat Games will take place from May 3-9, 2021 in the capital city, which was recently renamed from Astana.

The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) stated that the event would bring together combat and martial arts sports athletes.

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

Karim Massimov, former Kazakhstan Prime Minister and President of the Martial Arts Association of Kazakhstan, said: "Combat sports and martial arts are extremely popular throughout Kazakhstan and it is sure to be a wonderful celebration of sport.”

The last edition of the World Combat Games took place in Saint Petersburg in 2013.

*Chengdu was the sole bidder for the 2025 World Games, making the confirmation at the International World Games Association (IWGA) General Assembly a formality.

Chengdu – a city with a 20 million population and the capital of Sichuan province - revealed they planned to stage the event from August 7-17 in 2025.

Organisers also revealed their logo which was based on the "C" of Chengdu, with the addition of a panda ear in recognition of the animal the city is famous for.

"Chengdu highly appreciates the concept of the IWGA and believe that it is in line with Chengdu's development philosophy," Luo Qiang, the Mayor of Chengdu, said.

The 2021 World Games will be held in Birmingham, USA.

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