Not quite an Olympic Sport, but sort of… Organization for the world’s first Sportaccord Combat games to be held this year in Beijing from August 28th to September 4th is well underway. The martial arts represented at the games are all from international federations registered with the IOC-related General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)- now called SportAccord. The kendo event will be held on September 3rd and 4th. Eighty-three of the world’s top kendōka will represent their countries at a number of kendo events conducted over the two days. Open the PDF file to see the schedule for kendo. Although the list hasn’t been made public yet, I can tell you that Teramoto, Uchimura, and Wakō will be representing Japan in the men’s event! Both the Yang brothers will be there as well to keep them on their toes.
A group of fifteen referees from the various FIK zones will adjudicate the matches, and a preparatory shimpan seminar will held in Narita in June. This means that the annual Summer Camp for Foreign Kendo Leaders (Gedatsukai) will not be held this year, as is the case on World Kendo Championship years as well.
Check out the promotional video explaining this historic event. Of course, Kendo World will be there in force to cover the proceedings. In fact, quite a few KW readers and contributors will be actually participating in some capacity. Hope to see you there!