Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games opens with focus on inclusivity
With a captivating Opening Ceremony, the Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games officially commenced, emphasizing the inclusivity of the 16 martial arts and combat sports featured. The event showcased the remarkable talents of 1,500+ athletes from over 120 countries, including para athletes excelling in disciplines like Para Aikido, Para Armwrestling, Para Ju-Jitsu, Para Muaythai, Para SAMBO, and Para Savate.
The ceremony introduced International Federations and their athletes, celebrating their prowess and artistic abilities. Notably, a stunning wheelchair performance symbolized the spirit of inclusion that underpins the event.
Medal results from para competitions will be combined with those from Aikido, Armwrestling, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, SAMBO, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Wushu on a unified table at Riyadh 2023.
SportAccord President Ivo Ferriani underscored the event's emphasis on inclusion, equality, and non-discrimination, which are now more important than ever in an uncertain world.
The Opening Ceremony also showcased the cultural and historical appeal of the host city and country, emphasizing Saudi Arabia's growing prominence as a global sports destination.
The Vice President of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, HH Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, encouraged participants to embrace the competitive spirit and be exemplary ambassadors for their nations.
From October 20 to 30, the World Combat Games will witness elite athletes competing in 16 combat sports and martial arts at the King Saud University Arena and Sports Hall. The competition began with Karate, Boxing, and Sambo.
For more information, including results and broadcast details, visit the official websites of the World Combat Games and Riyadh 2023.