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Sri Lanka's women's kabaddi team will compete in the World Martial Arts Masterships 2019 in Korea.

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World Martial Arts Masterships in Korea attracts 108 countries

Date : 27 Aug 2019

Chungju, Korea, August 27, 2019: Korea will host the 2nd World Martial Arts Masterships in Chungju city with more than 4,000 athletes and officials from 108 countries taking part in the August 30 to September 6 showpiece.

The only martial arts grand games, the event will feature 20 martial arts from all parts of the world and include taekwondo, judo, sambo, muay thai, ju-jitsu and kabaddi.

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is the Honorary President of the World Martials Arts Mastership. The President of World Taekwondo, Choue Chung-won, is the current President of the Masterships.

The 1st World Martial Arts Masterships was held in Cheongju city in 2016. The Masterships was approved as an international sports event by the Korean Government in 2017 and earned the patronage from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Korean Sports & Olympic Committee and the Korean Sports Promotion Foundation.

In March 2019, the Global Association of International Sports Federations granted its patronage. Nine of the 20 sports are GAISF-sanctioned sports, three are Asian sports, six martial arts and two special games sports.

Three of the 20 sports – judo, kurash and horse-riding archery, will double up as World Championships at the Masterships. To add more intensity to the competition, the winner of the team event in taekwondo will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Olympic Council of Asia Hon. Life Vice President Wei Jizhong, OCA Vice President and President of the Pakistan Olympic Association Syed Arif Hasan, International Olympic Committee Vice President Yu Zaiqing and seven other IOC members are due to attend the Masterships.

Apart from sports action, a plethora of cultural events including a martial arts festival will be held during the competition.

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