The World Games sports Kickboxing and Lacrosse have been granted provisional International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition for a period of three years. The decision was made by the IOC Executive Board on Friday, and it followed a recommendation from the IOC Sports Department.

In addition to the two sports, also Sambo was granted provisional recognition for three years. The International Federations of the three sports will now be able to receive funding from the IOC and apply for grants for their development programmes. Full recognition has to be granted by the IOC Session.

World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) also welcomed the recognition of their sport. The organisation has 129 affiliated countries, of which over 90 are formally recognised by their countries’ Ministry of Sport or National Olympic Committee.

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