SportAccord President praises Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games' success in closing ceremony
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – SportAccord President Ivo Ferriani hailed Riyadh 2023 as the "best ever" World Combat Games, marking the conclusion of 11 days of elite martial arts and combat sports competition at the King Saud University Arena during a festive Closing Ceremony.
Ferriani praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for showcasing its capability to host major events at the highest level, emphasizing the essential infrastructure, venues, professionalism, hospitality, and readiness, along with a remarkable ambition and passion for sports. He declared this edition as the best thus far.
The Games were officially closed by His Highness Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz, Vice President of the Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee, who expressed immense pride in the athletes' passion and determination.
The Closing Ceremony recounted the emotional journey of athletes from aspiring amateurs to world-class warriors at Riyadh 2023, featuring a captivating light show, LED performers, and an LED Battle Show representing the 16 sports in the World Combat Games. In total, 954 medals were awarded: 259 gold, 259 silver, and 436 bronze. Ukraine led the medal standings, with Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan in second and third, respectively.
Riyadh 2023, the first major international multisport event in Saudi Arabia, provided valuable hosting experience and knowledge, emphasizing inclusion and sustainability initiatives. Para and Special athletes competed alongside their able-bodied counterparts on the same national teams, contributing to a unified medals table. Additionally, six sports featured Para and Special competitions.
The Games also prioritized sustainability by hosting all 16 sports under one roof, reducing the event's carbon footprint and improving travel convenience for participants and spectators. Viewers worldwide could follow the action through TV broadcasts in 100+ countries and livestreams on the official Riyadh 2023 website.
The host for the next World Combat Games edition in 2025 is expected to be announced in early 2024.