An international martial arts competition will
take place in central South Korea early next month, bringing
together some 2,000 fighters and officials from across the world.
The inaugural World Martial Arts Masterships, with a total of 173
gold medals up for grabs, will be staged from 2-8 September in the
city of Cheongju, some 130 kilometers south of Seoul, in North
The event will offer programs in 17 non-Western martial arts,
including taekwondo, wushu, judo, kendo, muaythai and kickboxing.
Aaccording to the organizers, 1,993 athletes and officials from 87
countries have already signed up for the event, with a total of
1,454 matches to be held.
A World Martial Arts
Masterships Committee (WMC) will be established to help manage the
competition and build the legitimacy of the event by
cooperating with international organizations.
30-member WMC will also closely work with the International Centre
of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement (ICM) in running the competition and
naming future host countries. The ICM is based in Cheongju.
WMC members include former Honduras President Porfirio Lobo
Sosa , Sakchye Tapsuwan, president of the International Federation
of Muaythai Amateur and Vasily Shestakov , president of the
International SAMBO Federation (FIAS).
The organizers are
planning to host the second edition of WoMAM in 2018 or 2019, and
are mulling a plan to switch the event to odd years starting in
2021 and holding it overseas from the third edition. Chungju,
another North Chungcheong Province city some 60 km north of Cheongju, will likely be the host of the second WoMAM.
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