World Games

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International World Games Association
International World Games Association logo.svg
IWGA logo
First event 1981 - Santa Clara, California,  United States
Occur every four years
Last event 2013 - Cali,  Colombia
Purpose Multi-sport event for sports and disciplines that are not contested in the Olympic Games
Website IWGA Official Website

The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A number of the sports that were on the program of the World Games are now included in the programme of the Olympic Games. (Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics-Trampoline, Rugby sevens, Taekwondo, Triathlon and Weightlifting-Women)

Other sports have been Olympic sports in the past (like tug of war). With the current position of the IOC to limit the volume of participants in the Olympic Games to 10,500 participants, it is unlikely that many of the World Games sports will be elevated to Olympic sports.

Some of the sports that are currently held at the World Games are acrobatic gymnastics, ultimate, orienteering, body building, powerlifting, finswimming, squash, netball, water skiing, and casting. The sports that are included in the World Games are limited by the facilities available in the host city; no new facilities may be constructed for the games. Up to now between 25 and 35 sports were included in the programme of The World Games. The IWGA, in coordination with the host city, can invite some sport to participate in the "invitational" programme. No World Games medals are awarded to invitational sports.

Editions[edit]

Year Location Hosts Athletes* / Countries Sports (Off./Inv.)
1981 Santa Clara, California  United States 1265/34 18/0
1985 London  United Kingdom 1550/34 19/4
1989 Karlsruhe  West Germany 1965/44 19/0
1993 The Hague  Netherlands 2275/69 22/3
1997 Lahti  Finland 2600/78 25/5
2001 Akita  Japan 3200/93 26/5
2005 Duisburg  Germany 3200/93 34/6
2009 Kaohsiung  Taiwan 3235/90 26/5
2013 Cali  Colombia 3870/109 31/5
2017 Wrocław  Poland
2021 TBD TBD

Note:

* without the invitational sports

Sports[edit]

Main article: World Games sports

These are the sports of the current World Games program.[1][2]

Precision Sports
Strength Sports
Trend Sports

Notes:

1 Invitational sports

All-time medal table[edit]

Medal counts[3]
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Italy 138 133 129 400
2  United States 125 110 95 330
3  Germany 122 102 129 353
4  Russia 98 81 57 236
5  France 86 81 84 251
6  China 54 43 22 120
7  Great Britain 53 55 69 177
8  Japan 42 30 47 119
9  South Korea 38 15 23 76
10  Sweden 37 35 45 117

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IWGA - Members". theworldgames.org. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "IWGA - The Sports". theworldgames.org. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "World Games". sports123.com. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

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