Marius Vizer answered positively about judo participating in a future World Combat Games ©SportAccord

Judo would be part of the World Combat Games should the multi-sport event be resurrected, the sport's world governing body President Marius Vizer has revealed.

As the former President of SportAccord, International Judo Federation chief Vizer had been integral in facilitating the second edition of the World Combat Games in St Petersburg in 2013, held three years after the inaugural event in Beijing in 2010.

A third edition had been awarded to Lima in 2017, but the Peruvian capital withdrew in the aftermath of Vizer's controversial criticisms of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its President Thomas Bach and his Agenda 2020 reform process at last year's SportAccord General Assembly in Sochi.

Boxing, taekwondo and wrestling all withdrew from the Games following Vizer's speech amid deteriorating relations between him and other sporting bodies.

He resigned from his SportAccord post in May. 

"My priority today is to develop the international judo movement and, by solidarity with the combat sports family, we are ready to be part of the World Combat Games," answered Vizer when asked by insidethegames about the plans in a Twitter question and answer session. 

Plans to revive the World Combat Games were first mooted at November's International Federations (IF) Forum in Lausanne, when representatives from all 16 Federations attended a brainstorming meeting to discuss reviving the event.

Marius Vizer resigned from SportAccord less than two months after he criticised Thomas Bach and the IOC in his speech at the General Assembly in Sochi ©SportAccord
Marius Vizer resigned from SportAccord less than two months after he criticised Thomas Bach and the IOC in his speech at the General Assembly in Sochi ©SportAccord

The meeting was chaired by International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) secretary general Stephen Fox, who claimed afterwards talks had been "positive" and that Kazakhstan had already shown interest in hosting the event in 2018.

Most other Federations, however, have stopped short of confirming their interest, while World Karate Federation President Antonio Espinós criticised the plans to insidethegames.

The Spaniard, chair of Beijing 2010 event, claimed the World Combat Games is a “nightmare” which serves no real purpose for the International Federations.

It appears that the Games would only be revived with the support of the IOC, which had previously been concerned about Vizer's plans to promote "rival" multi-sport events.

Vizer opted not to answer questions about the future of SportAccord and last year's criticisms during his question and answer session.

A meeting to discuss the body's new statutes is due to take place in April.

It is expected the organisation will become far smaller in scope, existing primarily to organise the annual SportAccord Convention. 

Vizer did express his hope that Agenda 2020 can still be a success, however, although he believes no conclusions can be drawn until 2024.

"I hope that the Agenda answers to the requests of the global sport movement," he said.

"I think that we can analyse the effect of the Agenda in the period 2024 and I hope that the Agenda will be [sic] real value in the long-term strategy of the international sports movement."

Vizer had previously alleged that the IOC "lacked transparency", that its Agenda 2020 reform process had brought "hardly any benefit" to sport and that it had unfairly blocked SportAccord in its drive to organise new Commissions and events.