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Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games features 16 sports, garnering global attention

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – The Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games is captivating a global audience with its 11-day showcase of 16 combat sports and martial arts disciplines. Several sports have already concluded, including Karate, Sambo, Boxing, Wushu, and Sumo. The event has now ushered in Wrestling and Judo, continuing to impress.

After the exciting Sumo finals, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Ser Miang Ng presented medals to the open-weight winners and commended Saudi Arabia for hosting the 2023 World Combat Games. He expressed confidence in the country's promising future in international sports.

The Judo competition featured 84 athletes from 14 nations in an epic knockout format, with Team Uzbekistan emerging victorious. They won gold against Brazil in the final, with Japan and Algeria securing bronze medals.

Wrestling began its 4-day journey at the World Combat Games, introducing Grappling, a historic sport involving ground and submission techniques. It included divisions for both men and women, with various weight categories. The medal winners included athletes from Armenia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and other nations.

At the end of Day 4, Ukraine led the medal standings, followed by Independent Neutral Athletes and the People's Republic of China. Over 1,500 athletes from 120+ countries are competing in Riyadh 2023. On Day 5, Wrestling's Greco-Roman discipline is set to take place, along with the debuts of Aikido and Ju-Jitsu.

The Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games continue to provide thrilling competition and foster international sportsmanship.

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