Monday, July 13, 2009

Martial Arts Games Beijing 2010


Dear EWuF Members,

The first official Martial Arts & Combat Sport Games (MAG) under the patronage of IOC and Sportaccord will be in Beijing from August 28th till September 4th, 2010. The Games would last 8 days and 13 recognised International Martial Arts Federations will attend. Each of the 13 participating IFs will have a delegation of 120 participants, i.e. 80 athletes and 40 officials. The Games will take place in 3 different venues, with one venue dedicated to the three ring sports (boxing, kickboxing and muay thai) and each of the other two venues hosting respectively five sports.
A cultural programme would also be running during the Games, consisting in audiovisual and photographic exhibitions on the one hand, and in congresses and lectures on the other hand. The aim of the cultural programme would be to show the social, educational and historical background of each sport. The 13 disciplines are: aikido, boxing, judo, ju jitsu, karate, kendo,
kickboxing, muaythai, sambo, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling and wushu. The athletes participating would be around 1100, along with 400 officials. There would be 20 events and 100 gold medals awarded (60 for male categories and 40 for female).
The Sportaccord President , Mr. Hein Verbruggen, appointed 2 persons to manage the MAG Cultural program, those are Mr. August Dragt (Aikido) and Mr. Patrick Van Campenhout (Wushu).
An overview:
· January 2009: inspection visit to Beijing by the MAG technical delegates
· February 2009: signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the GAISF/Sportaccord President and the City of Beijing;
· March 26, 2009: signing of the contract in Denver by the GAISF/Sportaccord President and
the Vice Mayor of Beijing Mr Liu Jingmin;

The total cost of the project would be of 9,300,000 USD, but most of the expenses would be taken care of by the Chinese organisation (i.e. transport, accommodation, meals and so on). The President also wished to set up a wide promotional programme around the GAISF member Martial Arts & Combat Sports IFs.

We are all looking forward to this historical event for the Martial Arts and Combat Sports.

Yours sincerely,
Patrick Van Campenhout
Director General EWuF

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