WEIZ, Austria – The World Savate Championships included three competitions in one event, and attracted 24 national teams. The World Cup in Assaut from 26th – 29th July was an opportunity for Assaut athletes to meet following the cancellation of the 2020 World Assaut Championships. This long-awaited return to senior competition allowed delegations to meet and compete for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Matches were at the highest level, with some athletes using the Assaut World Cup as a warm-up for the Combat Qualifying Tournament.
Ukraine was the top-performing country in the World Cup Assaut, taking 6 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Hosts, Austria came in second in the medal table with 2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronze. Spain came in third with 2 golds and 1 silver. Oleksandr Bratchykov (UKR) took the trophy for the best male fighter and Anastasiia Konovalchuk (UKR) took the trophy for the best female fighter.
The Qualifying tournament of the World Combat Championships was held from 29th July to 1st August. With the weigh-in on Thursday evening, the bouts began early on Friday morning. Although several countries were missing due to Covid19 restrictions, the standard of the bouts was high. Twenty categories of men, women and juniors were on the card, with 7 finals held on the Saturday evening. Ukraine again showed their excellent preparation, taking three junior titles, with Croatia taking two and Spain and Hungary taking one each. The French Federation dominated in the senior categories, with 6 men and 5 women qualifying for the finals, which will take place in the autumn. The results can be seen on the FISav website