By Zjan Shirinian

Kazakhstan's Combat and Strength Sports Confederation has become an official partner of the SportAccord International Convention ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 11 - Kazakhstan's Combat and Strength Sports Confederation - which includes five of the country's national federations - has become a Gold Partner of the SportAccord International Convention.

Its link-up with April's convention in Belek/Antalya, Turkey, will give the Confederation the chance to promote the Olympic sports of boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting.

Those at the SportAccord Convention, due to run from April 6 to 11, will include international sports federations and organising committees.

"Our Gold Partnership with SportAccord Convention will open new opportunities for the development of our Confederation in particular and for strengthening sports of Kazakhstan in general," said Confederation chairman Kulibayev Timur.

"This event will facilitate the development and promotion of Olympic sports in Kazakhstan and enable us to meet and communicate with leaders of international sports federations, rights holders and organising committees.

"Strengthening international co-operation with other sports organisations is one of the main directions of our activity."

It is the first time the SportAccord Convention has had a national confederation as a Gold Partner.

Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention, said: "This new Gold Partnership with the Combat and Strength Sports Confederation of Kazakhstan highlights the growing importance both of new markets such as Kazakhstan and of combat sports.

"We are gratified by this show of confidence in our event."

The annual SportAccord Convention will be at the Susesi Convention Centre and is the 12th edition.

It will encompass congresses and general assemblies of more than 100 International sports federations, with sponsors, host and bid cities, architects, sports lawyers, broadcasters and organising committees also present to discuss key issues affecting the industry.