Now, the videos from the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg can also be seen in USA and Brazil, at the official YouTube channel of the event.
We have just been informed by the chief representative of IEC in Sports, the video production company, that they have managed to open the access to the World Combat Games YouTube videos also for USA and Brazil, where it was previously restricted.
That means also the six hour videos from the daily streaming can be watched in those countries. On these videos you find a total of 1,5 hours of aikido demonstrations. Read more about that here: Aikido Videos From the World Combat Games.
We had alerted IEC in Sports and the World Combat Games media team to the many aikido fans in Brazil and USA telling us about their frustration, not being able to see the aikido demos. So, they sprung into action and made it happen. In the complicated world of video and broadcast rights, that's quite a feat.
Don't forget to subscribe to the World Combat Games YouTube channel, to make sure you are alerted to new uploads there.
The only country now remaining, where access to the YouTube videos is restricted, is France. There, only daily highlights can be seen on Canal+ of France. We hope that our French friends eventually get to see it all, maybe by requesting it from Canal+?
Text by Stefan Stenudd
Photo by Viktor Kazarin