List of world sports championships

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The following is a list of world sports championships, including some sporting events which use a different name with a similar meaning. In some sports, there is a world series, but that term usually has a somewhat different meaning.

Tournaments which are formally defunct or where a further event is not currently planned are marked with a gray background.

Male[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details & notes
Alpine skiing FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Downhill 1931 Switzerland Beat Feuz (2017) 2019 Biennial
Super G 1987 Canada Erik Guay (2017)
Giant slalom 1931 Austria Marcel Hirscher (2017)
Slalom 1931 Austria Marcel Hirscher (2017)
Alpine combined 1932 Switzerland Luca Aerni (2017)
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Individuals 1967 Austria Marcel Hirscher (2016–17) 2017–18 Annual
Nations Austria Austria (2016–17)
World Para Alpine Skiing Championships Individuals 1972 Winners in 30 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
American football IFAF World Championship Nations 1999  United States (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Aquatics FINA World Aquatics Championships Individuals[R] 1973 Most medals: United States (2017) 2019 Biennial
FINA Diving World Cup Individuals 1979 Most medals: China (2016) 2018 Biennial
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) Individuals[R] 1993 Most medals: United States (2014) 2018 Biennial
FINA Water Polo World Cup Nations 1979  Serbia (2014) 2018 Quadrennial Biennially until 2002
FINA Water Polo World Championship Nations 1973  Croatia (2017) 2019 Biennial Biennially since 2001
Archery World Archery Championships Individual recurve 1931 South Korea Im Dong-hyun (2017) 2019 Biennial
Individual compound 1995 France Sebastien Peineau (2017) 2019 Biennial
Team recurve 1931 Italy Italy (2017) 2019 Biennial
Team compound 1995 United States United States (2017) 2019 Biennial
Association football FIFA World Cup Nations 1930  France (2018) 2022 Quadrennial
FIFA Confederations Cup Nations 1992  Germany (2017) 2021 Quadrennial
FIFA Club World Cup Clubs 2000 Spain Real Madrid (2017) 2018 Annual
ConIFA World Football Cup Nations 2014  Kárpátalja (2018) 2020 Biennial Replaced the Viva World Cup
Athletics IAAF World Championships in Athletics Individuals[R] 1983 Most medals: United States (2017) 2019 Biennial 1983–1991 held quadrennially, biennially starting 1993
IAAF Continental Cup Continents 2010 Europe
(2014)
2018 Quadrennial
IAAF World Indoor Championships Individuals[R] 1985 Most medals: United States (2016) 2018 Biennial
IAAF World Cross Country Championships Individuals 1973 Kenya Geoffrey Kipsang (2017) 2019 Biennial
Teams Ethiopia Ethiopia (2017)
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Individuals 1992 Kenya Geoffrey Kipsang (2016) 2018 Biennial Until 2010 Annual
Team 1992 Kenya Kenya (2016)
IAU 100 km World Championships Individuals 1987 Hideaki Yamauchi (2016) 2017 Annual
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Individuals 2001 Florian Reus (2015) 2017 Biennial
Teams 2003 Great Britain (2015)
World Para Athletics Championships Individuals 1994 Most medals: China (2017) 2019 Biennial
Australian rules football Australian Football International Cup Nations 2002  Papua New Guinea 2017 (2017) 2020 Triennial
Auto racing see the open section below[1]
Badminton BWF World Championships Singles 1977 Viktor Axelsen (2017) 2018 Annual Annually since 2006; Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Doubles Liu Cheng & Zhang Nan (2017)
Thomas Cup Nations 1949  Denmark (2016) 2018 Biennial Since 1984, it has been held concurrently with the women's Uber Cup.
Bandy Bandy World Championship Nations 1957  Russia (2018) 2019 Annual The second Bandy WCs were held in 1961; from that point, the championships were held biennially until 2003; and annually ever since.
Bandy World Cup Clubs 1974 Sandvikens AIK (2017) 2018 Annual
Baseball World Baseball Classic Nations 2006  United States (2017) 2021 Quadrennial Started in 1938 (as IBAF Baseball World Cup); Restarted in 2006; the first two of these modern WBCs (MLB approved and sanctioned by IBAF) were separated by three years (2006, 2009); moved to quadrennially in 2013 and after.
Basketball FIBA Basketball World Cup Nations 1950  United States (2014) 2019 Quadrennial Following the 2014 edition, the FIBA Basketball World Cup (but not the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup) has been reset on a new quadrennial cycle. The 2014 (men's) World Cup will be followed by the 2019 World Cup, avoiding conflict with the FIFA World Cup.
FIBA 3x3 World Cup Nations 2012  Serbia (2017) 2018 Annual Biennially until 2016
FIBA Intercontinental Cup Clubs 1966 Iberostar Tenerife (2017) 2018 Annual
Beach soccer FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Nations 1995  Brazil (2017) 2019 Biennial
Beach volleyball Swatch FIVB World Championships Nations 1997 Evandro OliveiraAndré Stein (2017) 2019 Biennial
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Sprint 10 km 1974 Benedikt Doll (2017) 2019 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic Years
Pursuit 12.5 km 1997 Martin Fourcade (2017)
Mass start 15 km 1999 Simon Schempp (2017)
Individual 20 km 1958 Lowell Bailey (2017)
Relay 4x7.5 km 1966 Russia Russia (2017)
Billiards WPA World Nine-ball Championship Individuals 1990 Carlo Biado (2017) 2018 Annual
WPA World Ten-ball Championship Individuals 2008 Ko Pin-yi (2015) 2018 Annual
IBSF World Billiards Championship Individuals 1926 Time: Pankaj Advani Points: Mike Russell (2017) 2018 Annual
Bobsleigh FIBT World Championships Four man 1930 Francesco Friedrich
Candy Bauer
Martin Grothkopp
Thorsten Margis (2017)
2019 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Two man 1931 Francesco Friedrich
Thorsten Margis (2017)
Bowls World Bowls Championship Singles 1966 Shannon McIlroy (2016) 2020 Quadrennial
Pairs Aaron Wilson, Brett Wilkie (2016)
Triples Andrew Knapper, Jamie Walker, Robert Paxton (2016)
Fours Blake Signal, Mike Kernaghan, Mike Nagy, Ali Forsyth (2016)
Team New Zealand (2016)
Boxing World Amateur Boxing Championships Individuals 1974 Winners in 10 weight classes (2017) 2019 Biennial
WBA World Champion Individuals Up to 17 title are awarded Ongoing Various Authorised by the World Boxing Association
WBC World Champion Individuals Up to 17 title are awarded Ongoing Various Authorised by the World Boxing Council
WBO World Champion Individuals Up to 17 title are awarded Ongoing Various Authorised by the World Boxing Organization
The Ring World Champion Individuals Up to 17 title are awarded Ongoing Various Authorised by The Ring magazine
Lineal World Champion Individuals Up to 17 title are awarded Ongoing Various Authorised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board
Canoeing ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Individuals and teams 1938 Winners in 17 events (2017) 2018 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships C-1 1949 Benjamin Savšek (2017) 2018 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
C-1 team 1949 Slovakia Slovakia (2017)
C-2 1949 Gauthier Klauss & Matthieu Péché (2017)
C-2 team 1949 France (2017)
K-1 1949 Ondřej Tunka (2017)
K-1 team 1949 Czech Republic Czech Republic (2017)
Extreme K1 2017 Vavřinec Hradilek (2017)
ICF Canoe Polo World Championships Nations 1994 Italy Italy (2016) 2018 Biennial
Carrom Carrom World Championship Nations 1992 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (2016) 2020 Quadrennial
Cricket ICC Cricket World Cup Nations 1975  Australia (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Indoor Cricket World Cup Nations 1995  Australia (2016) 2018 Biennial
ICC World Twenty20 Nations 2007  West Indies (2016) 2020 Quadrennially since 2016 Changed from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years since 2010, effective from 2010. Biennial until 2016. Quadrennial since 2020.
Champions League Twenty20 Domestic Teams 2008 Chennai Super Kings (2014) Discontinued after 2014 Annual The first Champions League Twenty20 was about to be held in 2008 but couldn't due to 2008 Mumbai attacks. Officially discontinued from 2014 due to lack of fan interest.
Blind Cricket World Cup Nations 1998 India India (2018) 2022 Quadrennial
Blind T20 World Cup Nations 2012 India India (2017) 2022 once in five years
Cross-Country Skiing FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15 km & 18 km 1925 Iivo Niskanen (2017) 2019 Biennial
50 km 1925 Alex Harvey (2017)
Skiathlon 15+15 km 1993 Sergey Ustiugov (2017)
Sprint 2001 Federico Pellegrino (2017)
Relay 4x10 km 1933 Norway Norway (2017)
Team sprint 2005 Russia Russia (2017)
World Para Nordic Skiing Championships Individuals 1974 Winners in 19 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
Curling World Curling Championships Nations 1959  Sweden (2018) 2018 Annual
Cycling UCI Road World Championships Road race 1927 Peter Sagan (2017) 2018 Annual
Time trial 1994 Tom Dumoulin (2017)
Team time trial (trade teams) 2012 Team Sunweb (2017)[2]
Team time trial (nations) 1962 Italy (1994)[2] Defunct Annual
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Individuals 1950 Wout Van Aert (2016) 2017 Annual
UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cross-country 1990 Nino Schurter (2016) 2017 Annual
Downhill 1990 Danny Hart (2016)
Four cross 2002 Mitja Ergraver (2016)
UCI Urban Cycling World Championships Freestyle BMX 2017 2017 Annual
Cross-country eliminator 2012 Daniel Federspiel (2016)
Trials 20-inch 1992 Abel Mustieles (2016)
Trials 26-inch 1995 Jack Carthy (2016)
UCI Track Cycling World Championships Individuals and nations 1893 Winners in 10 events (2016); Most medals: Netherlands 2019 Annual
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Individuals and nations 2007 Winners in 15 events (2016); Most medals: Australia 2017 Annual
Darts BDO World Darts Championship Individuals 1978 Glen Durrant (2018) 2019 Annual
PDC World Darts Championship Individuals 1994 Rob Cross (2018) 2019 Annual
PDC World Cup of Darts Doubles 2010 Netherlands (Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld) (2018) 2019 Annual
WDF World Cup Nations 1977 Australia (2017) 2019 Biennal
Equestrian see the open section below[3]
Fencing World Fencing Championships Foil 1926 Yuki Ota (2015) 2017 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years.
Foil team 1930 Italy (2015)
Épée 1921 Géza Imre (2015)
Épée team 1930 Ukraine (2015)
Sabre 1922 Aleksey Yakimenko (2015)
Sabre team 1930 Italy (2015)
Field hockey Hockey World Cup Nations 1971  Australia (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Indoor Hockey World Cup Nations 2003  Austria (2018) 2022 Quadrennial
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships Individuals 1896 Javier Fernández (2016) 2017 Annual
Fistball Fistball World Cup Nations 1968 Germany (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Floorball World Floorball Championships Nations 1996 Finland Finland (2016) 2018 Biennial
Freestyle Skiing FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Moguls 1986 Ikuma Horishima (2017) 2019 Biennial
Dual Moguls 2001 Ikuma Horishima (2017)
Aerials 1986 Jonathon Lillis (2017)
Half-pipe 2005 Aaron Blunck (2017)
Slopestyle 2011 McRae Williams (2017)
Ski cross 2005 Victor Öhling Norberg (2017)
Futsal FIFA Futsal World Cup Nations 1989  Argentina (2016) 2020 Quadrennial
AMF Futsal World Cup Nations 1982  Colombia (2015) 2019 Quadrennial Originally a triennial event, held quadrennially after 2003.
Intercontinental Futsal Cup Clubs 1996 Magnus Futsal (2016) 2017 Annual
Gliding see the open section below
Golf Mission Hills World Cup Nations 1953 Denmark Denmark (2016) 2018 Biennial
Gymnastics Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Individuals & Teams 1903 Winners in 8 events (2017) 2018 Annual Not held in Olympic Years
Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships Individual & Teams 1964 Winners in 7 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Pairs 1974 Russia Russia (2016) 2018 Biennial
Groups 1974 China China (2016)
Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Individuals 1975 14 winners (one for each apparatus) 2018 Annual
Handball (Olympic handball) IHF World Men's Handball Championship Nations 1938  France (2017) 2019 Biennial
IHF Super Globe Clubs 1997 Füchse Berlin (2016) 2017 Annual
Handball (Beach Handball) World Men's Beach Handball Championship Nations 2004 Croatia Croatia (2016) 2018 Biennial
Ice hockey Ice Hockey World Championship Nations 1920 Sweden Sweden (2018) 2019 Annual
Inline skating IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Nations 1996  Canada (2015) 2017 Annual
International rules football International Rules Series Nations 1984 Australia Australia (2014) 2017 Triennial Two series are played every three years
Kabaddi IKF Kabaddi World Cup Nations 2004 India India (2016) 2019 Triennial
Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championship Nations 1967  Canada (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Nations 2003  Canada (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Men's singles 1955 Wolfgang Kindl (2017) 2018 Annual
Men's doubles 1955 Toni Eggert

Sascha Benecken (2017)

2018 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Men's singles 1979 Alex Gruber (2017) 2018 Biennial
Men's doubles 1979 Rupert Brueggler

Tobias Angerer (2017)

2018 Biennial
Modern pentathlon World Modern Pentathlon Championships Individual 1949 Jung Jin-hwa (2017) 2018 Annual
Team 1949 Egypt Egypt (2017)
Relay 2004 South Korea South Korea (2017)
Motorcycling see the open section below[4]
Nordic Combined FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 10 km individual normal hill 1925 Johannes Rydzek (2017) 2019 Biennial
10 km individual large hill 1999 Johannes Rydzek (2017) 2019 Biennial
10 km mass start 2009 Todd Lodwick (2009) Only held in 2009 N/A Suspended
National Team Normal Hill 4 x 5 km 2011 Germany (2017) 2019 Biennial
National Team Large Hill 2 x 7.5 km 1982 Germany (2017) 2019 Biennial
FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Individuals 1983–84 Akito Watabe (2017–18) 2018–19 Annual
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Sprint 2001 Daniel Hubmann (2017) 2018 Annual
Short distance 1991 Pasi Ikonen (2001) Defunct Biennial
Middle distance 2003 Thierry Gueorgiou (2017) 2018 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Long distance 1966 Olav Lundanes (2017) 2018 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Relay 1966 Norway Norway (2017) 2018 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Paddle Paddle World Championship Nations 1992 Argentina Argentina (2016) 2018 Biennial
Pitch and putt Pitch and Putt World Cup Nations 2004  Ireland (2016) 2020 Quadrennial
World Strokeplay Championship Individuals 2009 Liam O'Donovan (2017) 2021 Quadrennial
Polo World Polo Championship Nations 1987 Chile Chile (2015) 2019 Triennial
Real tennis Real Tennis World Championship Individuals[D] 1740 Camden Riviere (2016) 2018 Biennial
Roller derby MRDA Championships Teams 2017 United States St. Louis GateKeepers (2017) 2018 Annual
Roller hockey Roller Hockey World Cup Nations 1936  Argentina (2015) 2017 Biennial Current FIRS cups restarted in 1958
Rowing World Rowing Championships Nations 1962 Winners in 13 events (2017) 2018 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic/Paralympic events in Summer Olympic/Paralympic years
FISA Rowing World Cup Nations 1997 Winners in 8 events (2017) 2018 Annual
Rugby league Rugby League World Cup Nations 1954  Australia (2013) 2017 Quadrennial Quadrennial after 2013
World Club Challenge Clubs 1976 North Queensland Cowboys (2016) 2017 Annual Annual after 2000
Rugby union Rugby World Cup Nations 1987  New Zealand (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Rugby union sevens Rugby World Cup Sevens Nations 1993  New Zealand (2013) 2018 Quadrennial In June 2013, World Rugby (then known as the International Rugby Board) announced that it had reconsidered a previous decision to scrap the Rugby World Cup Sevens. After 2013, the next event will be in 2018, and will be held quadrennially afterwards.[5]
Sculling World Sculling Championship Individuals 1831 Evans Fischer (1957) 2008 Annual Annually until 1957; revived in 2008
Sailing Over 30 Various Titles Individuals and Teams Annually See World Championships in Sailing
Shooting ISSF World Shooting Championships Individuals and nations 1897 Winners in 18 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
ISSF World Shotgun Championships Individuals and nations 1934 Winners in 12 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
ISSF World Cup Individuals 1988 Winners in 9 events (2017) 2018 Annual
Skeleton FIBT World Championships Individual 1930 Martins Dukurs (2017) 2019 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Ski jumping FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals normal hill 1962 Stefan Kraft (2017) 2019 Biennial
Individuals large hill 1925 Stefan Kraft (2017) 2019 Biennial
National Team normal hill 2001 Austria Austria (2011) Defunct Biennial Not held in 2007 and 2009, after 2011 mixed team replaced this event
National Team large hill 1962 Poland Poland (2017) 2019 Biennial
FIS Ski-Flying World Championships Individuals 1972 Daniel-André Tande (2016) 2020 Biennial
National Team 2004 Norway Norway (2018) 2020 Biennial
Ski mountaineering World Championships of Ski Mountaineering Nations, individuals, teams, relays, long distances 2002 Winners in 5 events (2015) 2017 Biennial Relays held since 2004; Long Distance only 2008.
Snooker World Snooker Championship Individuals 1927 Mark Williams (2018) 2019 Annual This championship is open to both sexes, but no woman has ever won the event.[6]
IBSF World Snooker Championship Individuals 1963 Pankaj Advani (2017) 2018 Annual Also known as the World Amateur Snooker Championship
Snowboarding FIS Snowboard World Championships Big air 2003 Roope Tonteri (2015) 2017 Biennial
Slopestyle 2011 Ryan Stassel (2015)
Halfpipe 1996 Scotty James (2015)
Snowboard cross 1997 Luca Matteotti (2015)
Parallel slalom 1996 Roland Fischnaller (2015)
Parallel giant slalom 1999 Andrey Sobolev (2015)
Speed skating World Allround Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1889 Patrick Roest (2018) 2019 Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1970 Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen (2018) 2019 Annual
World Single Distance Championships 500m 1995 Jan Smeekens (2017) 2019 Annual In Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
1000m Kjeld Nuis (2017)
1500m Kjeld Nuis (2017)
5000m Sven Kramer (2017)
10000m Sven Kramer (2017)
Team Pursuit 2005 Netherlands (2017)
Mass start 2015 Joey Mantia (2017)
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 500m 1976 Hwang Dae-heon (2018) 2019 Annual Although the International Skating Union did not conduct an official World Short Track Championship until 1981, it began organising international events in 1976. All annual ISU-sanctioned international championships from 1976 to 1980 are now retrospectively recognised as World Championships.
1000m Charles Hamelin (2018)
1500m Charles Hamelin (2018)
3000m Shaolin Sándor Liu (2018)
5000m Relay South Korea (2018)
Overall Charles Hamelin (2018)
World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships Nations 1991 Korea (2011) Discontinued after 2011 Annual
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Individuals 2010 Scott Croxall (2015) 2016 Annual
Squash PSA World Championship Individuals 1976 Karim Abdel Gawad (2016) 2017 Annual
World International Doubles Squash Championships Doubles teams 1997 Stewart Boswell & Anthony Ricketts (2006) 2016 Intermittent
WSF World Team Squash Championships Nations 1967  England (2013) 2017 Biennial 2015 Championship Cancelled
Table tennis World Table Tennis Championships Singles 1926 Ma Long

(2017)

2019 Biennial
Doubles Fan Zhendong & Xu Xin

(2017)

World Team Table Tennis Championships Nations 1926 China China (2016) 2018 Biennial
Taekwondo World Taekwondo Championships Individuals 1973 Winners in 8 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
Nations South Korea South Korea (2017)
Tchoukball World Tchoukball Championship Nations 1970 Taiwan Republic of China (2017) 2019 Biennial
Ten-pin bowling WTBA World Championships Nations 1954 Winners in 6 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial Biennially until 2010
Tennis Davis Cup Nations 1900  France (2017) 2018 Annual Note: The Davis Cup is not formally a world championship, but is traditionally held as equivalent in status. Only the teams in the World Group actually compete for the Davis Cup proper; other teams play to (eventually) reach the World Group.
World Team Cup Nations 1978 Serbia Serbia (2012) Defunct Annual
Triathlon ITU World Triathlon Series Individuals 1989 Mario Mola (2017) 2018 Annual
Volleyball FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Nations 1949  Poland (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup Nations 1965  United States (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup Nations 1993  Brazil (2017) 2021 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League Nations 2018 Russia Russia (2018)[7] 2019 Annual It replaced the FIVB Volleyball World League (1990–2017)
FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Clubs 1989 Russia Zenit Kazan (2017) 2018 Annual
Wrestling (amateur) World Wrestling Championships Individuals and Nations 1904 Winners in 16 events (2017) 2018 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Wrestling World Cup (freestyle) Nations 1973 Iran Iran (2017) 2018 Annual
Wrestling World Cup (Greco-Roman) Nations 1980 Russia Russia (2017) 2018 Annual

Female[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details & notes
Alpine skiing FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Downhill 1931 Slovenia Ilka Štuhec (2017) 2019 Biennial
Super G 1987 Austria Nicole Schmidhofer (2017)
Giant slalom 1931 France Tessa Worley (2017)
Slalom 1931 United States Mikaela Shiffrin (2017)
Combined 1932 Switzerland Wendy Holdener (2017)
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Individuals 1967 United States Mikaela Shiffrin (2016–17) 2017–18 Annual
Nations Austria Austria (2016–17)
World Para Alpine Skiing Championships Individuals 1972 Winners in 30 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
Archery World Archery Championships Individual recurve 1931 Ki Bo-Bae (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individual compound 1995 Kim Yun-hee (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team recurve 1931 Russia Russia (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team compound 1995 Ukraine Ukraine (2015) 2017 Biennial
Association football FIFA Women's World Cup Nations 1991  United States (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Aquatics FINA World Aquatics Championships Individuals[R] 1973 Winners in 37 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) Individuals[R] 1993 Winners in 20 events (2014) 2016 Biennial
Athletics IAAF World Championships in Athletics Individuals[R] 1983 Winners in 24 events (2015) 2017 Biennial 1983–1991 quadrennially, biennially from 1993
IAAF World Indoor Championships Individuals[R] 1985 Winners in 13 events (2016); Most medals: United States 2018 Biennial
IAAF World Cross Country Championships Individuals 1973 Agnes Jebet Tirop (2015) 2017 Biennial
Teams Ethiopia (2015)
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Individuals 1992 Peres Jechirchir (2016) 2018 Biennial
Teams Kenya (2015)
IAU 100 km World Championships Individuals 1987 Camile Herron (2015) 2016 Annual
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Individuals 2001 Katalin Nagy (2015) 2016 Annual
Teams 2003 United States (2015)
World Para Athletics Championships Individuals 1994 Winners in 76 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
Auto racing see the open section below[1]
Badminton BWF World Championships Singles 1977 Carolina Marín (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years
Doubles Tian Qing & Zhan Yunlei (2015)
Uber Cup Nations 1957  China (2016) 2018 Biennial Biennially since 1984 it has been held concurrently with the men's Thomas Cup.
Bandy Bandy World Championship Nations 2004  Sweden (2018) 2020 Biennial Annually from 2006 to 2008, then biennially
Bandy World Cup Women Clubs 2003 Rekord Irkutsk (2016) 2017 Annual
Baseball Women's Baseball World Cup Nations 2004  Japan (2016) 2018 Biennial
Basketball FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Nations 1953  United States (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
FIBA 3x3 World Cup Nations 2012  Russia (2017) 2018 Annual Biennial until 2016
Beach volleyball Swatch FIVB World Championships Nations 1997 Bárbara SeixasÁgatha Bednarczuk (2015) 2017 Biennial
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Sprint 7.5 km 1984 Tiril Eckhoff (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic Year.
Pursuit 10 km 1997 Laura Dahlmeier (2016)
Mass start 12.5 km 1999 Marie Dorin Habert (2016)
Individual 15 km 1984 Marie Dorin Habert (2016)
Relay 4x6 km 1984 Norway (2016)
Bobsleigh FIBT World Championships Two woman 2000 Anja Schneiderheinze-Stöckel
Annika Drazek (2016)
2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Bowls World Bowls Championship Singles 1969 Karen Murphy (2016) 2020 Quadrennial
Pairs Laura Daniels, Jess Sims (2016)
Triples Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch, Carla Krizanic (2016)
Fours Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch, Carla Krizanic, Kelsey Cottrell (2016)
Team Australia (2016)
World Indoor Bowls Championships Singles 1988 Katherine Rednall (2018) 2019 Annual
Boxing World Amateur Boxing Championships Individuals 2001 Winners in 13 weight classes; Most medals: Kazakhstan 2018 Biennial
Canoeing ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Individuals and teams 1938 Winners in 10 events (2017) 2018 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships K-1 1949 Kateřina Kudějová (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years
K-1 team 1949 Czech Republic (2015)
C-1 2009 Jessica Fox (2015)
C-1 team 2011 Australia (2015)
ICF Canoe Polo World Championships Nations 1994 New Zealand (2016) 2018 Biennial
Cricket Women's Cricket World Cup (one-day international) Nations 1973  England (2017) 2021 Quadrennial
ICC World Twenty20 (Twenty20 format) Nations 2009  West Indies (2016) 2018 Biennial Biennially from 2010
Cross-country skiing FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 10 km 1954 Charlotte Kalla (2015) 2017 Biennial
Skiathlon 15 km 1993 Therese Johaug (2015)
30 km 1980 Therese Johaug (2015)
Sprint 2001 Marit Bjørgen (2015)
Team Sprint 2005 Norway (2015)
Relay 4x5 km 1954 Norway (2015)
World Para Nordic Skiing Championships Individuals 1974 ??? (2017) 2019 Biennial
Curling World Curling Championships Nations 1979 Canada (2017) 2018 Annual
Cycling UCI Road World Championships Road race 1958 Amalie Dideriksen (2016) 2017 Annual The UCI Road World Championships were first contested in 1927, but women's championships were not added until 1958.
Time trial 1994 Amber Neben (2016)
Team time trial (trade) 2012 Boels-Dolmans (2016)[2]
Team time trial (nations) 1987 Russia (1994) Defunct Annual
UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cross-country 1990 Annika Langvad (2016) 2017 Annual
Downhill 1990 Rachel Atherton (2016)
Four-cross 2002 Caroline Buchanan (2016)
UCI Urban Cycling World Championships Freestyle BMX 2017 2017 Annual
Cross-country eliminator 2012 Linda Indergard (2016)
Trials 2001 Nina Reichenbach (2016)
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Individuals 2000 Thalita de Jong (2016) 2017 Annual The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships were first contested in 1950, but a women's championship was not added until 2000.
UCI Track Cycling World Championships Individuals and nations 1958 Winners in 9 events (2016) 2017 Annual The UCI Track Cycling World Championships were first contested in 1893, but women's championships were not added until 1958.
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Individuals and nations 2007 Winners in 15 events (2016); Most medals: Great Britain 2017
Darts BDO World Darts Championship Individuals 2001 Lisa Ashton (2018) 2019 Annual The BDO World Darts Championship was first contested in 1978, but a women's championship was not added until 2001.
WDF World Cup Nations 1983 Netherlands Netherlands

(2017)

2019 Biennial The WDF World Cup was first contested in 1977, but a women's championship was not added until 1983.
Equestrian see the open section below[3]
Fencing World Fencing Championships Foil 1929 Inna Deriglazova

(2017)

2018 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years
Foil team 1932 Italy Italy (2017)
Épée 1988 Tatyana Gudkova

(2017)

Épée team 1988 Estonia Estonia (2017)
Sabre 1999 Olha Kharlan (2017)
Sabre team 1999 Italy Italy (2017)
Field hockey Hockey World Cup Nations 1974  Netherlands (2018) 2022 Quadrennial
Indoor Hockey World Cup Nations 2003  Germany (2018) 2022 Quadrennial
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships Individuals 1906 Evgenia Medvedeva

(2017)

2018 Annual
Fistball Fistball World Cup Nations 1994 Germany Germany (2016) 2018
Floorball Floorball World Championships Nations 1997 Sweden Sweden (2017) 2019 Biennial
Freestyle skiing FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Moguls 1986 Australia Britteny Cox (2017) 2019 Biennial
Dual Moguls 2001 France Perrine Laffont (2017)
Aerials 1986 United States Ashley Caldwell (2017)
Half-pipe 2005 Japan Ayana Onozuka (2017)
Slopestyle 2011 France Tess Ledeux (2017)
Ski cross 2005 Sweden Sandra Näslund (2017)
Futsal AMF Futsal Women's World Cup Nations 2008 Brazil Brazil (2017) 2021 Quadrennial
Gliding Women's World Gliding Championships Individuals 2001 Winners in 3 classes (2015) 2017 Biennial The duration between World Gliding Championships varies slightly, dependent on the hemisphere of the next planned edition.
Gymnastics World Artistic Gymnastics Championships Individuals and nations 1903 Winners in 6 events (2017) 2018 Annual Not held in years with a Summer Olympics
Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships Individuals and nations 1963 Winners in 9 events (2017) 2018 Biennial Changed from 2005
Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships Individual & teams 1964 Winners in 7 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Pairs 1974 Russia Russia (2016) 2018 Biennial
Groups 1974 Russia Russia (2016)
Handball IHF World Women's Handball Championship Nations 1957  Norway (2017) 2019 Biennial
Handball (Beach Handball) World Women's Beach Handball Championship Nations 2004 Spain Spain (2016) 2018 Biennial
Ice hockey IIHF World Women's Championships Nations 1990  United States (2017) 2019 Annually Originally held every two years (no championship in 1996). Since 1997, annual except in Winter Olympic years for the top level of competition (champion listed here). Lower levels of the championships used the same schedule until 2014, when they adopted an annual schedule including championships in Olympic years.
Indoor hockey Indoor Hockey World Cup Nations 2003  Netherlands (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Lacrosse Women's Lacrosse World Cup Nations 1982  United States (2017) 2021 Quadrennial
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Individual 1955 Natalie Geisenberger

(2016)

2017 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Individual 1979 Evelyn Lanthaler

(2015)

2017 Biennial
Motorcycling see the open section below[8]
Motorcycling FIM Women's Motocross World Championship Individuals 2008 Livia Lancelot (2016) 2017 Annual
FIM Women's Enduro World Championship Individuals 2010 Laia Sanz (2016) 2017 Annual
Modern pentathlon World Modern Pentathlon Championships Individual 1981 Sarolta Kovács (2016) 2017 Biennial
Team 1981 Hungary Hungary (2016)
Relay 2004 Germany (2016)
Netball World Netball Championships Nations 1963  Australia (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Sprint 2001 Maja Alm (2017) 2018 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Short distance 1991 Hanne Staff (2001) Defunct Biennial
Middle Distance 2003 Tove Alexandersson

(2017)

2018 Annual Originally biennally, annually since 2003
Long distance 1966 Tove Alexandersson

(2017)

2018 Annual Originally biennally, annually since 2003
Relay 1966 Sweden Sweden (2017) 2018 Annual Originally biennally, annually since 2003
Orienteering World Cup Individuals 1986 Tove Alexandersson (2016) 2017 Annual Unofficial title cups held in 1983 and 1984 (first official cup in 1986); held biennially until 2004, now annually
Real tennis Real Tennis World Championship Individuals[D] 1740 Winners in 2 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Ringette World Ringette Championships Nations 1990 Finland Finland (2016) 2019 Triennial Biennially 1990–2004
Ringette World Club Championship Clubs 2008 LL-89 (2011) Triennial 2014 event cancelled
Roller derby WFTDA Championships Teams 2017 Australia Victorian Roller Derby League 2018 Annual
Roller hockey Women's Roller Hockey World Cup Nations 1992 Spain (2016) 2017 Biennial
Rowing World Rowing Championships Nations 1974 Winners in 9 events (2017) 2018 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic/Paralympic events in Summer Olympic/Paralympic years
FISA Rowing World Cup Nations 1997 Winners in 6 events (2017) 2018 Annual
Rugby league Women's Rugby League World Cup Nations 2000 Australia (2013) 2017 Quadrennial Quadrennially after 2013
Rugby union Women's Rugby World Cup Nations 1991  New Zealand (2017) 2021 Quadrennial After the first event in 1991, a consistent four-year cycle was established in 1994 and ran through 2014. A new four-year cycle was established in 2017.
Rugby union sevens Rugby World Cup Sevens Nations 2009  New Zealand (2013) 2018 Quadrennial The Rugby World Cup Sevens was first contested in 1993, but a women's tournament was not added until 2009[5]
Sailing Over 30 Various Titles Individuals and Teams Annually See World Championships in Sailing
Shooting ISSF World Shooting Championships Individuals and nations 1958 Winners in 23 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
World Shotgun Championships Individuals and nations 1967 Winners in 4 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
ISSF World Cup Individuals 1988 Winners in 6 events (2017) 2018 Annual
Skeleton FIBT World Championships Individual 2000 Tina Hermann (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in years with Winter Olympics.
Ski jumping FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals normal hill 2009 Carina Vogt (2015) 2017 Biennial
Ski mountaineering World Championships of Ski Mountaineering Nations, individuals, teams, relays, long distances 2002 Winners in 6 events (2015) 2017 Biennial Relays added (2004); Long Distance added (2008)
Snowboarding FIS Snowboard World Championships Individuals halfpipe 1996 Xuetong Cai (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individuals slopestyle 2011 Miyabi Onitsuka (2015)
Individuals snowboard cross 1997 Lindsey Jacobellis (2015)
Individuals parallel slalom 1996 Ester Ledecka (2015)
Individuals parallel giant slalom 1999 Claudia Riegler (2015)
Individuals big air 2015 Elena Könz (2015)
Softball Women's Softball World Championship Nations 1965  United States (2016) 2018 Biennial Quadrennially from 1970 to 2010, now biennially
World Cup of Softball Nations 2005  Japan (2017) 2018 Annual
Speed skating World All-Round Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1933 Martina Sáblíková (2016) 2017 Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1970 Brittany Bowe (2016) 2017 Annual
World Single Distance Championships 500m 1995 Lee Sang-hwa (2016) 2017 Annual In Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
1000m Jorien ter Mors (2016)
1500m Jorien ter Mors (2016)
3000m Martina Sáblíková (2016)
10000m Martina Sáblíková (2016)
Mass start 2015 Ivanie Blondin (2016)
Team pursuit 2005 Netherlands Netherlands (2016)
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 500m 1976 Fan Kexin (2016) 2017 Annual Note: Although the International Skating Union did not conduct an official World Short Track Championship until 1981, it began organising international events in 1976. All annual ISU-sanctioned international championships from 1976 to 1980 are now retrospectively recognised as World Championships.
1000m Choi Min-jeong (2016)
1500m Marianne St-Gelais (2016)
3000m Suzanne Schulting (2016)
3000m relay South Korea South Korea (2016)
Overall Choi Min-jeong (2016)
World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships Nations 1991 Korea (2011) Discontinued after 2011 Annual
Squash PSA World Championship Individuals 1979 Nour El Sherbini (2015) 2016 Annual
World Doubles Squash Championships Doubles teams 1997 Shelley Kitchen & Tamsyn Leevey (2006) TBA Intermittent
WSF World Team Squash Championships Nations 1979  England (2014) 2016 Biennial
Table tennis World Table Tennis Championships Singles 1926 Ding Ning (2017) 2019 Biennial
Doubles Maharu Yoshimura & Kasumi Ishikawa (2017)
World Team Table Tennis Championships Nations 1933 China (2016) 2018 Biennial
Taekwondo World Taekwondo Championships Individuals 1973 Winners in 8 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
Nations South Korea South Korea (2017)
Tchoukball World Tchoukball Championships Nations 1980 Republic of China (2015) 2017 Biennial
Ten-pin bowling WTBA World Championships Nations 1963 Winners in 6 events (2017) 2019 Biennial
Tennis Fed Cup Nations 1963  United States (2017) [9] 2018 Annual Note: The Fed Cup is not formally a world championship, but is traditionally held as equivalent in status. It was called Federation Cup until 1995.
Triathlon ITU World Triathlon Series Individuals 1989 Flora Duffy (2016) 2017 Annual
Volleyball Women's World Championship Nations 1952  United States (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Women's World Cup Nations 1973  China (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup Nations 1993  Brazil (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball Women's Nations League Nations 2018  United States (2018) 2019 Annual It replaced the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix (1993–2017)
FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Clubs 1991 Vakıfbank S.K. (2017) 2018 Annual
Water polo FINA Water Polo World Cup Nations 1979  Serbia (2014) 2018 Quadrennial Originally biennially, quadrennially after 2002
FINA Water Polo World Championship Nations 1986  United States (2015) 2017 Biennial Biennially since 2001
Wrestling (amateur) World Wrestling Championships Individuals 1987 Winners in 8 events (2017) 2018 Annual
Wrestling World Cup Nations 2001 Japan (2015) 2016 Annual

Open[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing entities First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details and notes
3-Cushion
(Billiards)
Three-Cushion World Cup Individuals 1986 Heo Jung-han (2016) 2017 Insertual
World three-cushion billiards championship Individuals 1928 Frédéric Caudron (2017) 2018 Annual
Air racing Red Bull Air Race World Championship Individuals 2003 Yoshihide Muroya (2017) 2018 Annual Not held in 2011–2013
Auto racing Formula One World Championship Individuals 1950 Lewis Hamilton (2017) 2018 Annual
Constructors 1958 Mercedes (2017)
FIA World Endurance Championship Individuals 2012 Timo Bernhard
Earl Bamber &
Brendon Hartley (2017)
2018 Annual
Manufacturers Porsche (2017)
FIA GT1 World Championship Individuals 2010 Marc Basseng and
Markus Winkelhock (2012)
Defunct Annual Annually until 2012
Teams Münnich Motorsport (2012)
FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup Individuals 1993 Nasser Al-Attiyah (2017) 2018 Annual
Teams Nasser Sale Al-Attiyah Team (2017)
World Rally Championship Individuals 1977 Sébastien Ogier (2017) 2018 Annual
Manufacturers 1973 M-Sport (2017)
World Touring Car Championship Individuals 1987 Thed Björk (2017) Defunct Annual changed name to the World Touring Car Cup.
Manufacturers Volvo (2017)
World Touring Car Cup Individuals 2018 TBC (2018) Annual "World Touring Car Cup" was used between 1993 and 1995 when it was a single event.
Teams TBC (2018)
World Manufacturers' Championship Manufacturers 1925 Delage (1927) Defunct Annual Annually until 1927
World Sportscar Championship Manufacturers;
from 1985 teams
1953 Peugeot Talbot Sport (1992) Defunct Annual Annually until 1992
Individuals 1981 Yannick Dalmas
Derek Warwick (1992)
Annual
Karting World Championship Individuals 1964 Paolo De Conto (2017) 2018 Annual
Bowls World Indoor Bowls Championships Singles 1979 Mark Dawes (2018) 2019 Annual originally just men's singles but now open
Pairs 1986 Mark Dawes, Jamie Chestney (2018) originally just men's pairs but now open
Bull riding PBR Global Cup Nations 2017  USA (2017) 2018 Annual
PBR World Cup Nations 2007 Brazil Brazil (2010) Defunct Annual Discontinued after 2010
Equestrian Dressage World Cup Individuals 1986 Hans Peter Minderhoud (2016) 2017 Annual
World Four-in-Hand Championships Teams and Individuals 1972 Boyd Exell (individual)
Netherlands (team); (2014)
2016 Biennial
FEI World Equestrian Games Individuals 1990 Winners in 27 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Mounted Games World Individual Championships Individuals 1986 Colin Verdelhan (2016) 2017 Annual
Mounted Games World Pairs Championships Pairs 1992 Mitch Lyons& April Wilson (2016) 2017 Annual
Mounted Games World Team Championships Team 1986 France (2016) 2017 Annual
Show Jumping World Cup Individuals 1979 Steve Guerdat (2016) 2017 Annual
Gliding FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships Individuals 1985 Ferenc Tóth 2016 Annual
Nations Czech Republic (2015)
World Gliding Championships Individuals 1937 Winners in 6 classes (2016) 2018 Biennial The duration between World Gliding Championships varies slightly, dependent on the hemisphere of the next planned edition.
Paragliding Paragliding World Cup Individual 1992 Winners in 5 competitions (2015) 2016–17 Annual
Motorcycling FIM MotoGP World Championship Moto3 Individual 2012 Joan Mir (2017) 2018 Annual Until 2012 as 125cc
Moto2 Individual 2010 Franco Morbidelli (2017) Until 2010 as 250cc
MotoGP Individual 2002 Marc Márquez (2017) Until 2002 as 500cc
Moto3 Constructor 2012 Honda (2017) 2018 Annual
Moto2 Constructor 2010 Kalex (2017)
MotoGP Constructor 2002 Honda (2017)
Supercross World Championship Individuals 2003 Ryan Dungey (2016) 2017 Annual
Motocross World Championship MX2 Individual 2003 Jeffrey Herlings (2016) 2017 Annual
MXGP Individual 2003 Tim Gajser (2016)
MX2 Constructor 2003 KTM (2016) 2017 Annual
MXGP Constructor 2003 Honda (2016)
FIM World Enduro Championship E3 2004 Mathias Bellino (2016) 2017 Annual
E2 2004 Antoine Méo (2016)
E1 2004 Eero Remes (2016)
FIM sidecarcross World Championship Pairs 1980 Jan Hendrickx
Ben van den Bogaart (2016)
2017 Annual
Speedway World Team Cup (1960–2000)
Speedway World Cup (since 2001)
National Team 1960 Poland (2017) 2018 Annual
Speedway World Pairs Championship National pair 1970 Sweden (1993) Defunct Annual Annually until 1993
Individual Speedway World Championship (1936–1994)
Speedway Grand Prix (since 1995)
Individuals 1936 Jason Doyle (2017) 2018 Annual
Individual Ice Racing World Championship Individuals[10] 1966 Dmitry Koltakov (2017) 2018 Annual
Team Ice Racing World Championship Nations 1979 Russia (2017) 2018 Annual
Sidecar World Championship Pairs 1949 Pekka Päivarinta (driver) &
Kirsi Kainulainen (passenger) (2016)
2017 Annual
Endurance FIM World Championship Team 1975 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (fr) (2016) 2017 Annual
Superbike World Championship Individuals 1988 Jonathan Rea (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers Kawasaki (2016)
Supersport World Championship Individuals 1999 Kenan Sofuoğlu (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers Kawasaki (2016)
FIM Superstock 1000 Championship Individuals 2000 Raffaele De Rosa (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers Ducati (2016)
Pétanque Pétanque World Championships Nations 1959 Madagascar (2016) 2018 Biennial
Pitch and putt Pitch and Putt World Cup Nations 2004 Ireland (2016) 2020 Quadrennial
Practical shooting IPSC Handgun World Shoots Individuals 1975 Eric Grauffel (2014) 2017 Triennial Winner(s) of largest division(s)
Teams United States Production Team (2014) Simon Racaza, Ben Stoeger, Matthew Mink
IPSC Rifle World Shoots Individuals 2017 Teemu Rintala 2019
Teams Finland Open Team (2017) Teemu Rintala, Raine Peltokoski, Jarkko Laukia, Kim Leppänen
IPSC Shotgun World Shoots Individuals 2012 Roberto Vezzoli (2015) 2018
Teams Finland Standard Team (2015) Raine Peltokoski, Teemu Rintala, Jarkko Laukia, Mika Riste
IPSC Action Air World Shoots Individuals 2018 TBD 2018
Teams TBD
Motorboat racing Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Individual Boats 1992 Team Abu Dhabi (2016) 2017 Annual
F1 Powerboat World Championship Individual 1981 Philipe Chiape (2016) 2017 Annual
UIM Powerboat GPS World Championship Individual boats 2003 Winners in 3 classes Defunct Annual Annually until 2011, known as Powerboat P1 World Championship up to 2009
Aeromodelling FAI F1D World Championships for Free Flight Indoor Model Aircraft Individual 1960 Yuan Kang Lee (2016) 2018 Biennial
FAI F2 World Championships for Control Line Model Aircraft Individual 1960 Winners in 4 classes 2018 Biennial
FAI F3A World Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 1960 Christophe Paysant Le-Roux 2017 Biennial
United States
FAI F3C World Championships for Model Helicopters Individuals and nations 1985 Hiroki Ito 2017 Biennial
Japan
FAI F3N World Championships for Model Helicopters Individuals and nations 2013 Eric Weber 2017 Biennial
Israel
FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 2011 Gernot Bruckmann 2017 Biennial
Austria
FAI F3D World Championship for Pylon Racing Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 1985 Randy Bridge 2017 Biennial
Czech Republic
FAI F3K World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 2011 Alex Hewson 2017 Biennial
New Zealand
FAI F3F World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 2012 František Ruisl 2016 Biennial
France
FAI F3J World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 1998 Jan Littva 2016 Biennial
New Zealand
FAI F4 World Championships for Scale Model Aircraft Individual 1970 Winners in 2 classes 2018 Biennial
FAI F5 World Championships for Electric Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 1986 Winners in 2 classes 2018 Biennial
FAI S World Championships for Space Models Individual 1972 Robert Kreutz 2018 Biennial
Radio-controlled car racing IFMAR 1:8 IC Track World Championship Individual 1977 Simon Kurzbuch (2015) 2017 Biennial
IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championship, 2WD Individual 1985 Spencer Rivkin (2015) 2017 Double header single host event
IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championship, 4WD Individual Bruno Coehlo (2015)
IFMAR 1:5 Touring Car World Championship Individual 2001 Russell Grenenger (2015) 2017?
IFMAR 1:8 IC Off-Road World Championship Individual 1986 David Ronnefalk (2016) 2018
IFMAR 1:12 Electric Track World Championship Individual 1982 Naoto Matsukura (2016) 2018 Double header single host event since 2002, triple in 2000 with PRO 10
IFMAR ISTC World Championship Individual 2000 Ronald Völker (de) (2016)
IFMAR 1:10 200mm Nitro Touring Car World Championship Individual 2002 Dominic Greiner (2016) 2018
Radio-controlled boat sailing IRSA10 Rater World Championships Individual 1999 Brad Gibson (2016) Undefined Various Authorised by World Sailing and the International Radio Sailing Association
IRSA – A Class World Championships Individual Graham Bantock (2005) Undefined Various
IRSA – Marblehead World Championships Individual Brad Gibson (2016) Undefined Various
IRSA – One Metre World Championship Individual 1994 Zvonko Jelacic (2017) 2019 Biennial
Sailing Over 80 Various Titles Individuals and Teams Annually See World Championships in Sailing
Tug of war TWIF Indoor World Championships Nations 1976 Winners in various weight classes (2016) 2018 Biennial
TWIF Outdoor World Championships Nations 1976 Winners in various weight classes (2016) 2018 Biennial

Mixed-sex teams[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing entities First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details and notes
Archery World Archery Championships Team recurve
male – female pair
1931 South Korea South Korea (2017) 2019 Biennial
Team compound
male – female pair
1995 South Korea South Korea (2017) 2019 Biennial
Badminton BWF World Championships Mixed Doubles 1977 Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad & Liliyana Natsir (2017) 2018 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Sudirman Cup Nations 1989  South Korea (2017) 2019 Biennial
Basketball FIBA 3x3 World Championships National teams of
two men and two women
2012 France France (2012) Defunct Three players are on the court at any one time
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Mixed relay 2x6,2x7.5 km 2005 Germany Germany (2017) 2019 Annual Not held in the Winter Olympic Years
Bowls World Indoor Bowls Championships Mixed Pairs 2004 Jamie Chestney, Lesley Doig (2018) 2019 Annual
Cycling UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cross-country Team relay 1999 Switzerland Switzerland (2017) 2018 Annual
UCI Urban Cycling World Championships Team trials 1999 France France (2017) 2018 Annual
Curling World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship National mixed teams
male – female pair
2008 Switzerland Switzerland (2017) 2018 Annual
World Mixed Curling Championship National mixed teams (4 players) 2015 Scotland Scotland (2017) 2018 Annual
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships National pairs
male – female pair
from the same nation
1908 China Sui Wenjing & Han Cong (2017) 2018 Annual
Ice Dance
male – female pair from the same nation
1952 Canada Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (2017)
Gymnastics Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Teams 2016 Russia Russia (2016) 2018 Biennial
Mixed pairs 1974
Korfball IKF World Korfball Championship 4 females and 4 males 1978 Netherlands Netherlands (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Modern Pentathlon World Modern Pentathlon Championships Mixed Relay 2001 Germany Germany (2017) 2018 Biennial
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Nations 1989 Germany Germany (2017) 2018 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Nations 2001 Italy Italy (2013) 2019 Biennial Not held in 2015 and 2017
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Sprint relay 2014 Sweden Sweden (2017) 2018 Annual
Quidditch IQA World Cup Nations 2012 United States United States (2018) 2020 Biennial Quidditch has rules based on gender, not sex, calling itself a mixed-gender sport
Rowing World Rowing Championships PR2 Para Mixed Pair
1 Male & 1 Female
2013 Netherlands Netherlands (2017) 2018 Annual
PR3 Para Mixed Pair
1 Male & 1 Female
2013 Brazil Brazil (2017) 2018 Annual
Para Mixed Coxed Four
2 Male & 2 Female
plus an open cox
2013 United Kingdom Great Britain (2017) 2018 Annual
Sailing IFDS SKUD 18 World Championship Female or Mixed Pair 2007 United Kingdom Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell (2011) ? Annual?
Mixed Nacra 17 World Championship Mixed Pair 2013 United Kingdom Ben Saxton & Katie Dabson (2017) 2018 Annual
Synchronized skating World Synchronized Skating Championships Teams 2000 Russia Paradise (2017) 2018 Annual
Tennis Hopman Cup National teams
male – female pair
1989   Switzerland (2018) 2019 Annual Competitions are played in traditional order: women's singles, men's singles, and mixed doubles
Triathlon ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships National teams of two men and two women 2003 Australia Australia (2017) 2018 Annual

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • R.  ^R – One or more relay events, in which three or four competitors compete for their nation, are included for each sex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Note: Auto racing events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  2. ^ a b c From 1962 to 1994, the men's World Championship team time trial was contested by national teams. Since the revival of this race in 2012, it has been contested by trade teams, usually featuring riders of several nationalities.
  3. ^ a b Equestrian events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  4. ^ Motorcycle racing events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  5. ^ a b "Future of Rugby World Cup Sevens confirmed" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 12 June 2013. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Sport, Frank Keogh BBC. "Reanne Evans: Ladies' champion to face men in world qualifiers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League 2018 Finals - FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2018". www.volleyball.world. Retrieved 2018-07-24. 
  8. ^ With the exception of off-road racing, motorcycle racing events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  9. ^ https://www.fedcup.com/en/statistics/champions.aspx
  10. ^ Champions in Individual Ice Racing (motorcycle)