National kickboxer wins gold at 2022 World Games [PHOTO]

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By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijani kickboxer Bahram Rajabzada has landed a gold medal at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, reports Azernews, citing Azertac.

He secured the medal with a victory over Croatian Anto Siric in the +91kg final.

Bahram Rajabzada is a three-time Azerbaijani champion. In 2016 he became the champion of Azerbaijan in kickboxing. He was invited to Azerbaijan in December 2015 at the invitation of Orion Sports Club and currently represents the country.

The 2022 World Games took place from July 7 to 17, 2022 in Birmingham. The host city was chosen by the International World Games Association in 2015.

The Games featured 30 official sports including 54 disciplines encompassing 206 events.

It was the first time that drone racing, canoe marathon, breaking, women’s fistball, kickboxing and parkour were included in the World Games as official sports.

Softball and racquetball are back on the official program of the World Games. Invitational sports comprising 17 events include duathlon, flag football, wheelchair rugby, wushu (taolu) and men’s lacrosse.

Both men’s and women’s field lacrosse will be played in a six-man format.

The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sport discipline.

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