World Combat Games

Sky Sports Scholarships - Savannah Marshall set for World Combat Games

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Last Updated: 15/10/13 10:52am

Savannah Marshall (right): Is one of 1300 athletes heading to Saint Petersburg for the second World Combat Games

Savannah Marshall (right): Is one of 1300 athletes heading to Saint Petersburg for the second World Combat Games

Sky Sports Scholar Savannah Marshall is in action next week when she travels to Saint Petersburg for the World Combat Games.

The event will see the Hartlepool-born boxer join athletes from a whole host of combat sports, 15 in total, as they not only compete but come together to learn more about the different sports of their fellow competitors.

Sports and martial arts at the World Combat Games

Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Wushu

This is just the second World Combat Games following on from the successful first tournament in Beijing in 2010 which has seen the sports of fencing and savate added to the schedule for this year's games.

With around 1300 athletes from around the globe due to compete, the standard is expected to be high and the competition fierce.

Away from the competition, however, the Combat Games aim to develop more understanding between the various sports with a Cultural Programme that looks at the history of martial arts and the way in which each of the sports contribute to society.

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Saint Petersburg itself is a city in which martial arts and other combat sports are becoming increasingly popular and First Deputy Governor of Saint Petersburg, Mikhail Ossievski, hopes that the Combat Games can help to improve things further.

"Martial arts have always been popular, among the numerous sports practiced in St. Petersburg," he said.

"More than 35,000 children and youngsters go to sports schools and sports clubs where they do wrestling, boxing, fencing, karate, wushu, taekwondo and other kinds of martial arts.

"There are hundreds of sports clubs in the city and we think that the World Combat Games will further propagate healthy lifestyle among the population and promote the philosophy of good will inherent in the sports."

The games will be held across four venues in the Russian city: Saint Petersburg Ice Palace, Saint-Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex, «Arena» sport complex and Yubileiny Sports Complex, where Marshall and her fellow boxers will compete.

The competition provides the 22-year-old, recently crowned Sports Personality of the Year in her hometown of Hartlepool, with an excellent opportunity to test herself against some top class opposition with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on the horizon.

The opening ceremony takes place on Friday with the competition itself beginning on Saturday and finishing the following Sunday, October 26.