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The Gymnasiade, or World Gymnasiade, is a quadrennial international multi-sport event which is organised by the International School Sport Federation (ISF). It is the largest event that the ISF holds – boy and girl athletes represented 37 countries at the 2006 Gymnasiade.[1] Only children between the ages of 13 and 17 are eligible to compete.[2][3]

There are four sporting competitions at each Gymnasiade: athletics, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and swimming. There are 34 athletics events (17 for boys and 17 for girls), which are held in agreement with the IAAF rules. There are also 34 swimming events which are split equally between the sexes. Boys compete in eight different artistic gymnastics events, while girls contest six artistic, six rhythmic, and one all-round gymnastics event.[4]

The first edition of the Gymnasiade was held in 1974 in Wiesbaden, Germany and it featured solely gymnastics competitions and swimming. The athletics competition was added to the programme in the following edition in Orléans in 1976. The Gymnasiade continued as a biennial event until 1990, when it was altered to a quadrennial schedule.[4] The next edition will be held in Trabzon, Turkey in 2016.


Edition Year City Country Date Venue No. of
No. of
1st 1974 Wiesbaden  West Germany Stadion an der Berliner Straße
2nd 1976 Orléans  France
3rd 1978 Izmir  Turkey
4th 1980 Turin  Italy
5th 1982 Lille  France
6th 1984 Florence  Italy
7th 1986 Nice  France
8th 1988 Barcelona  Spain
9th 1990 Bruges  Belgium
10th 1994 Nicosia  Cyprus
11th 1998 Shanghai  China
12th 2002 Caen  France 27 May - 3 June Stade nautique, Stade Hélitas, Parc des Expositions 35[5] 2000[5]
13th 2006 Athens/Thessaloniki  Greece 26 June – 3 July Olympic Stadium, Kaftanzoglio Stadium 37
14th 2009 Doha  Qatar 7 – 12 December Aspire Zone 42[6] 1249[4]
15th 2013 Brasília  Brazil 28 November – 4 December Ginásio Nilson Nelson
16th 2016 Trabzon  Turkey 10 - 18 July
17th 2019 Mumbai  India

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  1. ^ 2006 Athens and Thessalonica / Greece. ISF. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  2. ^ ISF World Gymnasiade. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  3. ^ Doha to welcome gymnastic hopes. Sport Centric (2009-12-03). Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  4. ^ a b c Bulletin 03. Doha Gymnasiade. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  5. ^ a b (French) Politique newsletter #54, July 2002, Caen Town Hall, retrieved 8 July 2010
  6. ^ Doha Gymnasiade 2009 gets off to a rousing start. Doha Gymnasiade. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.

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