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After a hiatus of 4 years after the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia (2013), the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) has renewed its effort to revive many of the multi-sport events such as Mind Games, Beach Games, Urban Games, Artistic Games and Combat Games. The first one to be announced on November 8th 2017 was the Combat Games to be held in Chinese Taipei in the fall of 2019.

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IAF has a strong Aikido presence in Chinese Taipei under Teresa Wang Shihan and it will be coordinating with the Aikido Association to have best collaboration for this important event. Kei Izawa, Chairman of IAF stated: "Our Aikido Association in Chinese Taipei has just celebrated 50 years of Aikido history and it is one of the pioneer countries for Aikido in the world. We wish to work together to further strengthen Aikido in the country as well as the region. Chinese Taipei participated in both Beijing and St. Petersburg Combat Games so they are very well aware of the magnitude of the event and I am sure that they will help us make our participation a great success.Participants Lausanne 2017

(Representatives of martial and combat sports federations, Lausanne 2017)

Based on this exciting announcement, the IAF Directing Committee will start the preparation for the event in close collaboration with IAF Liaison Office of Aikikai as a meeting is scheduled in the first half of February 2018.

GAISF and IOC have signed at Lausanne this week a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their partnership. IOC and GAISF MoU

(IOC President Thomas Bach and GAISF President Patrick Baumann)

According to Stephan Fox, President of the Alliance of Independent Members of Sport (AIMS) and also General Secretary of International Federation of Muaythai Amateur, who made the announcement, the revival of World Combat Games has become possible with the support and collaboration of IOC. With full involvement of GAISF, the task force of the Combat Games has entered into negociations with multiple candidate cities and Chinese Taipei emerged as the first country to host the next Combat Games. The host city (an alternative to Taipei may be Kaohsiung) is currently under final consideration by the host country. This was decided in the last 4 weeks with extensive negotiations by GAISF team led by Mr. Philippe Gueisbuhler and Mr. Stephan Fox.

The format of the event will follow the previous two events which were held in Beijing (2010) and St. Petersburg (2013), but with a higher level of Cultural Programs to promote the 15 participating Martial Arts and Combat Sports: Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Ju-jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Wushu. While the program is still in its early stages of planning, Mr. Fox indicated that more involvement with the regional and local community will have to take place.

The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) is the umbrella organisation for all olympic and non-olympic international sports federations. Its slogan is One Voice For All Sports. Certificate IAF GAISF

IAF joined GAISF in 1984 and, in the Combat Games, Aikido marks its presence with demonstrations.

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