Written by Nicolas Messner on 24 Aug 2023
Photographs by Gabriela Sabau, Emanuele Di Feliciantonio


There are less than 60 days to go before the opening ceremony of the highly anticipated Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games, which will be held in the Saudi Arabian capital from 20th to 30th October.

Thus the preparations are in full swing and the event will mark the first time the Middle East hosts this global sports spectacle, at the King Saud University Sports Arena.

In anticipation, Mr Ian Reid, CEO of the Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games, confirmed that all preparations are on track for the international meet. He emphasised the swift preparations, with all stakeholders working diligently and with dedication, to present a flawless showcase and create a Saudi success story.

This success will embody the vision of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and translate the solid support of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and the trust of His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Reid stated, “Two months from now, all eyes will turn to Riyadh as the World Combat Games commence. We are eager to organise an exceptional event that surpasses expectations, befitting the Kingdom’s stature. This will reaffirm its capabilities and potential, which have qualified it to host and organise the world’s most significant sporting events, solidifying its leading position in the sports community, especially in combat sports.”

The organising committee has now intensified its preparations, ensuring the continuous readiness of all aspects to meet the highest standards.

More than 2,500 athletes and officials from over 80 countries are expected to take part in the Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games, in different sports, including judo which will be featured with a highly anticipated mixed team competition.

Stay tuned for more information and discover more about the World Combat Games here: https://www.worldcombatgames.sport/