By Emily Goddard

Lima in Peru has been confirmed as the host of the 2017 World Combat Games ©SportAccord SportAccord has revealed Peru's capital Lima as the host of the 2017 World Combat Games.

The third edition of the multisport competition, which will take place at the end of 2017, is expected to attract some 2,500 athletes in 33 disciplines and 135 categories.

The awarding of the event to Lima was made official by the signing of an agreement by SportAccord President Marius Vizer and Peru Olympic Committee President José Quiñones González.

"We are proud to organise the next edition of the World Combat Games in Peru," Vizer said.

"The first two editions of the event were successful and it will be a great honour for SportAccord to partner with the Peru Olympic Committee for the World Combat Games.

"Coincidentally, Valentina Shevchenko, an athlete representing Peru stands the chance to win the Sportswoman of the Year award at the inaugural SportAccord Awards this year for her exploits in muaythai and we are confident of providing many more Peruvian combat sports participants with a stage to shine."

A total of 16 sports, six of which are in the Olympic Games, will be contested at the World Combat Games, namely aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muaythai, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

It is organised with the full support of the International Federations and will be broadcast live around the world in more than 100 territories.

Marius Vizer and José Quiñones González signed an agreement for the event ©SportAccordMarius Vizer and José Quiñones González signed an agreement for the event ©SportAccord

It will also be streamed live over the internet, apart from highlights and news coverage.

"The World Combat Games is a great event that will allow us to expose our city and country to the world," Quiñones said.

"We are pleased to be offered this chance to host the finest combat sports participants and showcase our athletes to the world.

"The 2017 event will build interest for combat sports and martial arts in the country.

"The World Combat Games is a perfect fit for our sporting philosophy to get more people involved with sports."

Further discussions over the 2017 World Combat Games will now be held with the 16 sports federations during this year's SportAccord Convention, due to take place in Sochi from April 19 to 24.

The first edition of the World Combat Games was held in China's capital Beijing in 2010, with the second edition being staged in St Petersburg, Russia in 2013.

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