Wushu & Multisport Games

Asian Games

As one of the largest multi-sport games after the Olympic Games, the Asian Games is the most prestigious event organized by the Olympic Council of Asia. Held every four years, the Asian Games follow the sports program of the Olympic Games with swimming and athletics as the core sports, and featuring disciplines that reflect the diverse sporting culture of the Asian continent such as sepaktakraw (South East Asia), kabaddi (South Asia) and wushu (East Asia). The inaugural Asian Games took place 1951 in New Delhi, India, with 11 countries competing in 6 disciplines.


Wushu’s inclusion

The 11th Asian Games also known as XI Asiad were held from September 22 to October 7, 1990 in Beijing, China. It was the first large-scale international sports event to be held in the People’s Republic of China. Wushu was included as the official standing competition event first ever.

World Games

The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international multi-sport event meant for sports, disciplines, or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organized and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The World Games are held every four years, one year after the Summer Olympic Games. To become part of The World Games program, a sport must be widely spread in the world and the relevant international sports federation must be a member of the IWGA.


Wushu’s inclusion: 2009, 2013, 2022

The 2009 World Games, the eighth edition of the event, were held in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, from July 16-26, Wushu was included as invitational sport first ever.


The 2013 World Games, the ninth World Games, were held in the city of Cali, Colombia, from July 25 – August 4,Wushu was included as invitational sport.


The 2022 World Games, the eleventh edition Word Games, is going to be held in the city of Birmingham, USA, from July 7-17, Wushu is included as  invitational sport.

World Combat Games

The World Combat Games are an international multi-sport event featuring combat sports and martial arts. Fifteen Olympic and non-Olympic sports are currently on the program: wushu, aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muay Thai, pankration, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, and wrestling etc.


The World Combat Games were initiated by SportAccord, the umbrella organization for international sports federations and organizers of sports events, in order to bring these sports closer to a worldwide public. The World Combat Games are accompanied by a cultural program that reflects the ancient traditions and values of martial arts as well as their contribution to modern society.


Wushu’s inclusion: 2010, 2013

From August 27 to September 4, 2010, Beijing hosts the first World Combat Games ever,Wushu was included as the official standing discipline.


The 2013 World Combat Games was the 2nd edition of the World Combat Games, which was  held in St. PetersburgRussia, from October 18-26.

Summer Universiade

The Universiade is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words “University” and “Olympiad.” The Universiade is often referred to in English as the World University Games. The Universiade is one of the largest multi-sport event in the world apart from the Olympic Games.


Wushu’s inclusion: 2017

The 2017 Summer Universiade, the XXIX Summer Universiade, commonly known as the Taipei 2017 Universiade, took place in Taipei, Chinese Taipei from August 19-30, wushu was included as official competition discipline.


The 31st Summer Universiade will be held in Chengdu, China from August 18-29, 2021.wushu was included as official competition discipline.

World University Championships

FISU launched the World University Championship series in 1963. As single sport competitions, World University Championship events give cities and often universities the chance to host a major international sports event with a minimum cost and complexity. The first FISU World University Championship took place in Lund, Sweden as the city welcomed the best student handball players of the time.


Wushu’s inclusion: 2018

The 1st World University Wushu Championships took place August 2-5, 2018 in Macau, China.

African Youth Games

The African Youth Games is an international multi-sport event held every four years to complement the current All-Africa Games. The first Games were hosted by Rabat, Morocco, in 2010. The African Youth Games were created by Lassana Palenfo, director of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.

Wushu’s inclusion: 2018

The 2018 3rd African Youth Games took place in Algiers, Algeria from July 18-28, wushu was included as official competition discipline first ever.

Islamic Solidarity Games

The Islamic Solidarity Games is a multinational, multi-sport event held every four years. The first edition of Islamic Solidarity Games was held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2005. Participants in the Games are drawn from over 57member federations among Africa, Asia and Europe.


Wushu’s inclusion: 2017

The 2017 4th Islamic Solidarity Games was held in Baku, Azerbaijan from May 12-22, wushu was included as official competition discipline first ever.

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