Kickboxing - a WORLD game
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Kickboxing (WAKO) has been awarded a place on the full sport programme at The World Games as an official sport.
The World Games is an international multi-sport event, meant for sports that are not included in the Olympic Games. Organised and governed by the International World Games Association and recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
Held every four years, one year after the Summer Olympic Games. The next host city will be Birmingham (Alabama), USA in 2021.
Intriguingly, a number of sports, including Taekwondo, have been discontinued because they are now included in the Olympic Games. Perhaps something to bring hope for Kickboxing's Olympic ambitions.
"It is with great pleasure for me as the WAKO IF President to announce that Kickboxing is accepted as official sport within the World Games Program, 2021, which will be organized in Birmingham, USA.
This was officially announced on 16-04-2018 at the IWGA General Assembly in Bangkok Thailand, which was proposed by the Executive Committee decision and ratified by a majority vote.
We will finalize all the appropriate logistics when we conclude our discussions and negotiations with the IWGA administration" said Borislav Pelevic.
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