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The Gymnasiade, or World Gymnasiade, is an international multi-sport event which is organised by the International School Sport Federation (ISF). It is the largest event among many other sport events held by the ISF. The fifteenth ISF Gymnasiade was organised Brazil in 2013 with more than 1700 young athletes representing 37 countries. Aligned with the philosophy of the organisation, only pupils between the ages of 13 and 18 are eligible to compete.[1]

There are four main sporting competitions at each Gymnasiade: athletics, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and swimming. Other disciplines may be added upon the request of the organising country, such as trampoline, aerobics. There are 34 athletics events (17 for boys and 17 for girls), which are held in agreement with the IAAF rules. The events are split equally between the genders. Demonstration sports will be displayed as part of the programme. These are Judo, Karate, Wrestling, Chess, Tennis, Archery.

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.[2] The next editions will be held in Trabzon, Turkey in 2016 and Morocco in 2018.


Edition Year City Country Date Venue
1st 1974 Wiesbaden  West Germany 23 - 28 September Stadion an der Berliner Straße
2nd 1976 Orléans  France 21 - 27 June
3rd 1978 Izmir  Turkey 18 - 24 July
4th 1980 Turin  Italy 01 - 07 June
5th 1982 Lille  France 01 - 06 June
6th 1984 Florence  Italy 05 - 09 June
7th 1986 Nice  France 02 - 07 June
8th 1988 Barcelona  Spain 03 - 09 June
9th 1990 Bruges Wallonia French Community of Belgium 20 -27 May
10th 1994 Nicosia  Cyprus 14 - 21 May
11th 1998 Shanghai  China 12 -19 October
12th 2002 Caen  France 27 May - 03 June Stade nautique, Stade Hélitas, Parc des Expositions
13th 2006 Athens/Thessaloniki  Greece 26 June – 03 July Olympic Stadium, Kaftanzoglio Stadium
14th 2009 Doha  Qatar 07 – 12 December Aspire Dome
15th 2013 Brasília  Brazil 28 November – 04 December Ginásio Nilson Nelson
16th 2016 Trabzon  Turkey 11 - 18 July Olympic Village -‘Karadeniz Teknik’ University campus, Olympic Swimming pool, Athletics stadium, Yomra Gymnastics hall
17th 2018 Rabat  Morocco

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ISF World Gymnasiade. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  2. ^ Bulletin 03. Doha Gymnasiade. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.

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