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Russia is interested in hosting the World Martial Arts Games again, says minister

In 2013, St. Petersburg hosted the second-ever competition

MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Russia is interested in hosting the World Martial Arts Games again, Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said as quoted by his ministry’s press service.

On Friday, Kolobkov held a meeting with managing director of the SportAccord international convention Nis Hatta. During the conversation, Kolobkov and Hatta discussed the prospects for holding competitions under the auspices of SportAccord in Russia, in particular the World Martial Arts Games.

"Russia has been successfully cooperating with SportAccord for many years. We received the organization’s convention twice: in 2013 it was held in St. Petersburg, and in 2015 in Sochi. Holding the World Martial Arts Games in St. Petersburg in 2013 became a highlight event in the world of sports, which was attended by 2,000 athletes from 100 countries. And we have an interest to host this large-scale project again," Kolobkov said.

The first World Martial Arts Games were held in Beijing in 2010, the second competition was held in St. Petersburg in 2013. The following one is scheduled for the second half of 2019 in Taiwan.

In 2013, the Russian team won in the medal standings of the World Martial Arts Games grabbing had 93 medals (47 gold, 20 silver and 26 bronze).