Wushu in Multi-sport Games

Since IWUF’s inauguration in 1990, wushu has successfully been included as a competition or exhibition sport in multi-sport games.

Asian Games

As 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 six sports.

Wushu’s inclusion: since 1990

The 2018 Asian Games Asian Games (officially known as the 18th Asian Games, XVIII Asiad, and Jakarta–Palembang 2018), was a pan-Asian multi-sport event held from August 18 – 2 September in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

2023 Asian Games was held in Hangzhou, China, from 9.24-28, 204 athletes from 28 countries and regions competed for 15 gold medals.

The 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.

In 2021, IWUF  was accepted as an official member of  the International World Games Association (IWGA) .


Wushu’s inclusion: 2009, 2013,2022,2025

2009 The World Games 2009, the eighth edition of the event, were held in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, from July 16-26.

The World Games 2013, the ninth World Games, were held in the city of Cali, Colombia, from July 25 – August 4.

The World Games 2022, the 11th edition of the event, were held in the city of Birmingham, USA. from July 7-17.  Wushu compeititon  took place from 12th to 13th July 2022.

The World Games 2025, will be held from 8.7-17, 2025, Chengdu, China.12 gold medals will be produced in wushu competition.

For more information about the coming 2022 TWG including Qualification Athletes and Teams, General Program, you can find Wushu Competition- The World Games 2022 in Multi-Media-Download section.


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: aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muay Thai, pankration, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling and wushu.

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: 2013、2023

The 2013 World Combat Games was held in St. PetersburgRussia, from October 18-26.

The 2023 World Combat Games were held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 10.21 - 10.22, 2023

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 the largest multi-sport event in the world apart from the Olympic Games.


Wushu’s inclusion: 2017、2023

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.

The 31st Summer Universiade, took place in Chengdu, China from 7.29-8.3.

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.

Islamic Solidarity Games  

The Islamic Solidarity Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. Participants in the Games are drawn from the elite athletes of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) directs and oversees the Islamic Solidarity Games.


Wushu’s inclusion: 2017

The 2017 4th Islamic Solidarity Games was a multinational, multi-sport event held in Baku, Azerbaijan from May 12-22.

Asia Pacific Masters Games  

The Asia Pacific Masters Games is a regional multi-sport event in which participants from the Asia-Pacific region compete for themselves, instead of their countries. Governed by the International Masters Games Association (IMGA), the Asia Pacific Masters Games is open to participants of all abilities and most ages, with the minimum age criteria for individual sports range between 25 and 35 years.


Wushu’s inclusion: 2018

The Malaysian state of Penang hosted the event’s first edition in 2018 from September 7-15.

University World Cup Combat Sports

The FISU University World Cup Combat Sports are organised every two years in sports not included into the compulsory programme of the World University Games. The FISU University World Cup Combat Sports saw the world's best university athletes battle it out in combat sports.

Wushu’s inclusion: 2022

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  • African Youth Games
  • African Youth Games
  • World University Championship
  • World University Championship
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