A working group is meeting to consider how to revive the World Combat Games ©SportAccord World Combat Games

A working group convened to assess the feasibility of reviving the World Combat Games is set to propose a more cost-conscious event at next month's International Federations (IF) Forum in Lausanne.

Discussions are also underway to resurrect the World Mind Games, insidethegames has been told, while a study will be carried-out to assess the feasibility of the World Urban Games.

This follows all three events essentially being put on hold following the resignation of Marius Vizer as SportAccord President last year.

The Combat Games working group consists of SportAccord vice-president and International Federation of Muaythai Amateur secretary general Stephan Fox, together with Nenad Lalovic and Antonio Espinos, respective Presidents of United World Wrestling and the World Karate Federation.

After an initial meeting during April's SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, they met during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and are expected to come together again before presenting during the IF Forum from November 9 to 11.

"We have built a working group between all of us, which will be chaired by me and we will re-analyse the entire 2010, 2013 Games, [and] make suggestions," Fox told insidethegames during the muay thai competition here at the Asian Beach Games. 

"We will have another meeting shortly and then present to the IFs during the IF Forum in Lausanne, which again will be chaired by Patrick [Baumann] as the President of SportAccord.

"I also can confirm with you that there is interest from host cities and we will work close together with the IOC as, like in the past, we certainly would like the Games patronised by the IOC. 

"The IOC Sports Department was also invited and was present at our meeting in Lausanne."

Muay thai is another sport which is expected to feature on the World Combat Games programme ©ITG
Muay thai is another sport which is expected to feature on the World Combat Games programme ©ITG

He added that they are likely to recommend the programme be slimmed in order to cut costs.

Up to 16 sports could feature after attending the meeting in Lausanne: aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muay thai, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

insidethegames understands the participation of weightlifting is still up in the air due to how it is not, strictly speaking, a combat sport.

International Weightlifting Federation officials have said that they would be interested in featuring but that their presence is not a key priority.

The International Boxing Association also harbour concerns over participating, insidethegames understands, because they do not want to market themselves as a "combat sport".

Unnamed hosts are interested, Fox believes, with Kazakhstan, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur three locations seen as potential hosts in either 2018 or 2022.

First held in 2010 in Beijing, the SportAccord-organised World Combat Games consisted of six Olympic and 10 non-Olympic sports, with a second edition held in St Petersburg and a third awarded to Lima for 2017.

Following the controversy which erupted after former SportAccord head Vizer criticised the IOC and its President Thomas Bach during last year's Convention, the Peruvian capital withdrew its hosting rights.

It followed boxing, taekwondo and wrestling announcing they were withdrawing from the event with fencing and weightlifting poised to follow suit.

The World Mind Games, meanwhile, an invitational event catering for bridge, chess, draughts, go and xianqi, was first held in Beijing in 2011 and remained in the Chinese capital for the next three years.

Discussions are also underway to resurrect the World Mind Games ©SportAccord World Mind Games
Discussions are also underway to resurrect the World Mind Games ©SportAccord World Mind Games

A 17-sport World Urban Games had also been mooted in 2014 before being put on the back-burner last year.

"In regards to the Mind Games, a working group will be established as well, to continue these Games and we will build a study group for the feasibility and possibility of Urban Games," Fox added.

"That is where we are and though it looks inactive from the outside, I can assure you that Patrick [Baumann] has clear vision and his heart is in sport and we are working on a realistic approach which benefits the SportAccord members and above all, the athletes from the various sports."

There appears no chance, however, of SportAccord organising any sort of Beach Games because the Association of National Olympic Committees are now organising an event set to be held for the first time in San Diego in 2019.