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) Sweden 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 (2016–17)
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Individuals 1972 Winners in 30 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
American football IFAF World Championship Nations 1999  United States (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Aquatics FINA World Aquatics Championships Individuals[R] 1973 Winners in 30 events (2015) Hungary 2017 Biennial
FINA Diving World Cup Individuals 1979 Most medals: China China 2018 Biennial
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) Individuals[R] 1993 Winners in 20 events (2014) China 2018 Biennial
FINA Water Polo World Cup Nations 1979  Serbia (2014) 2018 Quadrennial Biennially until 2002
FINA Water Polo World Championship Nations 1973  Serbia (2015) Hungary 2017 Biennial Biennially since 2001
Archery World Archery Championships Individual recurve 1931 South Korea Kim Woo-jin (2015) Mexico 2017 Biennial
Individual compound 1995 Denmark Stephan Hansen (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team recurve 1931 South Korea South Korea (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team compound 1995 Iran Iran (2015) 2017 Biennial
Association football FIFA World Cup Nations 1930  Germany (2014) Russia 2018 Quadrennial
FIFA Confederations Cup Nations 1992  Brazil (2013) Russia 2017 Quadrennial
FIFA Club World Cup Clubs 2000 Spain Real Madrid (2016) United Arab Emirates 2017 Annual
ConIFA World Football Cup Nations 2006  Abkhazia (2016) 2018 Two years since 2010
Athletics IAAF World Championships in Athletics Individuals[R] 1983 Winners in 24 events (2015) United Kingdom 2017 Biennial 1983–1991 held quadrennially, biennially starting 1993
IAAF Continental Cup Continents 2010 Europe
(2014)
2018 Quadrennial
IAAF World Indoor Championships Individuals[R] 1985 Winners in 13 events (2016) United Kingdom 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) Spain 2018 Biennial Until 2010 Annual
Team 1992 Kenya Kenya (2016)
IAU 100 km World Championships Individuals 1987 Sweden Jonas Buud (2015) 2016 Annual
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Individuals 2001 Germany Florian Reus (2015) 2017 Biennial
Teams 2003 United Kingdom Great Britain (2015)
IPC Athletics World Championships Individuals 1994 Most medals:  China (2015) 2017 Biennial
Australian rules football Australian Football International Cup Nations 2002  Papua New Guinea 2014 (2014) 2017 Triennial
Auto racing see the open section below[1]
Badminton BWF World Championships Singles 1977 China Chen Long (2015) Scotland 2017 Annual Annually since 2006; Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Doubles Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan (2015)
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  Sweden (2017) Russia 2018 Annual The second Bandy WCs were held in 1961; from that point, the championships were held biennially until 2003; and annually since.
Bandy World Cup Clubs 1974 Sweden Västerås SK (2016) 2017 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) China 2019 Quadrennial After the 2014 edition, the FIBA Basketball World Cup (but not the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup) will be 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 Championships Nations 2012 Serbia Serbia (2016) France 2017 Biennial
FIBA Intercontinental Cup Clubs 1966 Venezuela Guaros de Lara (2016) 2017 Annual
Beach soccer FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Nations 1995  Portugal (2015) The Bahamas 2017 Biennial
Beach volleyball Swatch FIVB World Championships Nations 1997 Brazil Alison CeruttiBruno Schmidt (2015) Austria 2017 Biennial
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Sprint 10 km 1974 France Martin Fourcade (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic Years
Pursuit 12.5 km 1997 France Martin Fourcade (2016)
Mass start 15 km 1999 Norway Johannes Thingnes Bø (2016)
Individual 20 km 1958 France Martin Fourcade (2016)
Relay 4x7.5 km 1966 Norway Norway (2016)
Billiards WPA World Nine-ball Championship Individuals 1990 Austria Albin Ouschan (2016) 2017 Annual
World three-cushion billiards championship Individuals 1928 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl (2015) 2016 Annual
IBSF World Billiards Championship Individuals 1926 Time: India Pankaj Advani Points: Singapore Peter Gilchrist (2015) 2016 Annual
Bobsleigh FIBT World Championships Four man 1930 Germany Maximilian Arndt
Alexander Rödiger
Kevin Korona
Ben Heber (2016)
2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Two man 1931 Germany Francesco Friedrich
Thorsten Margis (2016)
Boxing World Amateur Boxing Championships Individuals 1974 Winners in 10 weight classes (2015) 2017 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
Ring World CHampion Individuals Up to 17 title are awarded Ongoing Various Authorised by the rings
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 18 events (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships C-1 1949 United Kingdom David Florence (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
C-1 team 1949 Slovakia Slovakia (2015)
C-2 1949 Germany Franz Anton & Jan Benzien (2015)
C-2 team 1949 France France (2015)
K-1 1949 Czech Republic Jiří Prskavec (2015)
K-1 team 1949 Czech Republic Czech Republic (2015)
ICF Canoe Polo World Championships Nations 1994 Italy Italy (2016) 2018 Biennial
Cricket ICC Cricket World Cup Nations 1975  Australia (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Indoor Cricket World Cup Nations 1995  Australia (2016) 2018 Two years
ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Nations 1988  West Indies (2016) 2018 Biennial
ICC Champions Trophy Nations 1998  India (2013) 2017 Biennial
ICC World Twenty20 Nations 2007  West Indies (2016) 2020 Biennial The World Twenty20 for both sexes changed from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, effective 2010.
Cross-Country Skiing FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15 km & 18 km 1925 Sweden Johan Olsson (2015) 2017 Biennial
50 km 1925 Norway Petter Northug (2015)
Skiathlon 15+15 km 1993 Russia Maxim Vylegzhanin (2015)
Sprint 2001 Norway Petter Northug (2015)
Relay 4x10 km 1933 Norway Norway (2015)
Team sprint 2005 Norway Norway (2015)
IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships Individuals 1974 Winners in 19 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Curling World Curling Championships Nations 1959  Canada (2016) 2017 Annual
Cycling UCI Road World Championships Road race 1927 Slovakia Peter Sagan (2016) 2017 Annual
Time trial 1994 Germany Tony Martin (2016)
Team time trial 2012 Belgium Etixx-Quick Step (2016)[2]
Team time trial (nations) 1962  Italy (1994)[2] Defunct
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Individuals 1950 Belgium Wout Van Aert (2016) 2017 Annual
UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cross-country 1990 Switzerland Nino Schurter (2016) 2017 Annual
Downhill 1990 United Kingdom Danny Hart (2016)
Four cross 2002 Slovenia Mitja Ergraver (2016)
UCI Urban Cycling World Championships Freestyle BMX 2017 2017 Annual
Cross-country eliminator 2012 Austria Daniel Federspiel (2016)
Trials 20-inch 1992 Spain Abel Mustieles (2016)
Trials 26-inch 1995 United Kingdom Jack Carthy (2016)
UCI Track Cycling World Championships Individuals and nations 1893 Winners in 10 events (2016); Most medals:  United Kingdom 2017 Annual
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Individuals and nations 2007  Australia (Most medals); Winners in 15 events (2016) 2017 Annual
Darts BDO World Darts Championship Individuals 1978 England Glen Durrant (2017) 2018 Annual
PDC World Darts Championship Individuals 1994 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (2017) 2018 Annual
PDC World Cup of Darts Doubles 2010 England Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis (2016) 2017 Annual
WDF World Cup Nations 1977  England (2015) 2017 Biennal
Equestrian see the mixed section below[3]
Fencing World Fencing Championships Foil 1926 Japan Yuki Ota (2015) 2017 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years.
Foil team 1930 Italy Italy (2015)
Épée 1921 Hungary Géza Imre (2015)
Épée team 1930 Ukraine Ukraine (2015)
Sabre 1922 Russia Aleksey Yakimenko (2015)
Sabre team 1930 Italy Italy (2015)
Field hockey Hockey World Cup Nations 1971  Australia (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Indoor Hockey World Cup Nations 2003  Netherlands (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships Individuals 1896 Spain Javier Fernández (2016) 2017 Annual
Fistball Fistball World Cup Nations 1968 Germany Germany (2015) 2019 Four years
Floorball World Floorball Championships Nations 1996 Finland Finland (2016) 2018 Biennial
Freestyle Skiing FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Moguls 1986 France Anthony Benna (2015) 2017 Biennial
Dual Moguls 2001 Canada Mikaël Kingsbury (2015)
Aerials 1986 China Qi Guangpu (2015)
Half-pipe 2005 United States Kyle Smaine (2015)
Ski cross 2005 Slovenia Filip Flisar (2015)
Slopestyle 2011 Switzerland Fabian Bösch (2015)
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 Brazil Magnus Futsal (2016) 2017 Annual
Gliding see the mixed section below
Golf Mission Hills World Cup Nations 1953  Australia (2013) 2016 Two years after 2009
Gymnastics Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Individuals & Teams 1903 Winners in 8 Events (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Olympic Years
Trampoline World Championships Individual & Teams 1964 Winners in 7 Events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Pairs 1974 Russia Russian Federation (2016) 2018 Biennial
Groups 1974 China China (2016)
Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Individuals 1975 14 winners (one for each apparatus) 2016 Every year
Handball (Olympic handball) World Men's Handball Championship Nations 1938  France (2015) 2017 Two years
IHF Super Globe Clubs 1997 Germany Füchse Berlin (2016) 2017 Annual
Handball (Beach Handball) World Men's Beach Handball Championship Nations 2004 Croatia Croatia (2016) 2018 Biennial
Handball (Field Handball) World Cup Field Handball Nations 1938 Germany West Germany (1966) Defunct Triennial
Ice hockey Ice Hockey World Championships Nations 1920  Sweden (2017) 2018 Annual
Inline skating IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Nations 1996  Canada (2015) 2017 Annual
International rules football International Rules Series Nations 1984  Australia (2014) 2017 Triennial Two series are played every three years
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 Germany Felix Loch (2016) 2017 Annual
Men's doubles 1955 Germany Tobias Wendl
Tobias Arlt (2016)
2017 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Men's singles 1979 Italy Patrick Pigneter (2015) 2017 Biennial
Men's doubles 1979 Italy Patrick Pigneter
Florian Clara (2015)
2017 Biennial
Modern Pentathlon World Modern Pentathlon Championships Individual 1949 France Valentin Belaud (2016) 2017 Annual
Team 1949 Egypt Egypt (2016)
Relay 2004 South Korea South Korea (2016)
Motorcycling see the mixed section below[4]
Nordic Combined FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 10 km individual normal hill 1925 Germany Johannes Rydzek (2015) 2017 Biennial
10 km individual large hill 1999 Austria Bernhard Gruber (2015) 2017 Biennial
10 km mass start 2009 United States Todd Lodwick (2009) Only held in 2009 N/A Suspended
National Team Normal Hill 4 x 5 km 2011  Germany (2015) 2017 Biennial
National Team Large Hill 2 x 7.5 km 1982  France (2015) 2017 Biennial
FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Individuals 1983–84 Germany Eric Frenzel (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Sprint 2001 Sweden Jerker Lysell (2016) 2017 Annual
Short distance 1991 Finland Pasi Ikonen (2001) defunct Biennial
Middle distance 2003 Switzerland Matthias Kyburz (2016) 2017 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Long distance 1966 Norway Olav Lundanes (2016) 2017 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Relay 1966 Norway Norway (2016) 2017 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Paddle Paddle World Championship Nations 1992  Spain (2014) 2016 Biennial
Pitch and putt Pitch and Putt World Cup Nations 2004  Ireland (2012) 2016 Quadrennial
World Strokeplay Championship Individuals 2009 Republic of Ireland John Walsh (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
Polo World Polo Championship Nations 1987  Chile (2015) 2019 Triennial
Real tennis Real Tennis World Championship Individuals[D] 1740 United States Camden Riviere (2016) 2018 Biennial
Roller derby Men's Roller Derby World Cup Nations 2014 United States United States (2014) 2016 not stated
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 (2015) 2017 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic/Paralympic events in Summer Olympic/Paralympic years
FISA Rowing World Cup Nations 1997 Winners in 8 events (2016) 2017 Annual
Rugby league Rugby League World Cup Nations 1954  Australia (2013) 2017 Quadrennial after 2013
World Club Challenge Clubs 1976 Australia North Queensland Cowboys (2016) 2017 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
Skeleton FIBT World Championships Individual 1930 Latvia Martins Dukurs (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Ski jumping FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals normal hill 1962 Norway Rune Velta (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individuals large hill 1925 Germany Severin Freund (2015) 2017 Biennial
National Team normal hill 2001  Austria (2011) Biennial Not held in 2007 and 2009,after 2011 mixed team replaced this event
National Team large hill 1962  Norway (2015) 2017 Biennial
FIS Ski-Flying World Championships Individuals 1972 Slovenia Peter Prevc (2016) 2018 Biennial
National Team 2004  Norway (2016) 2018 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 England Mark Selby (2016) 2017 Annual This championship is not only for Male competitors[6]
IBSF World Snooker Championship Individuals 1963 Iran Soheil Vahedi (2016) 2017 Annual Also known as the World Amateur Snooker Championship
Snowboarding FIS Snowboard World Championships Big air 2003 Finland Roope Tonteri (2015) 2017 Biennial
Slopestyle 2011 United States Ryan Stassel (2015)
Halfpipe 1996 Australia Scotty James (2015)
Snowboard cross 1997 Italy Luca Matteotti (2015)
Parallel slalom 1996 Italy Roland Fischnaller (2015)
Parallel giant slalom 1999 Russia Andrey Sobolev (2015)
Speed skating World Allround Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1889 Netherlands Sven Kramer (2016) 2017 Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1970 Russia Pavel Kulizhnikov (2016) 2017 Annual
World Single Distance Championships 500m 1995 Russia Pavel Kulizhnikov (2016) 2017 Annual In Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
1000m Russia Pavel Kulizhnikov (2016)
1500m Russia Denis Yuskov (2016)
5000m Netherlands Sven Kramer (2016)
10000m Netherlands Sven Kramer (2016)
Team Pursuit 2005 Netherlands Netherlands (2016)
Mass start 2015 South Korea Lee Seung-hoon (2016)
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 500m 1976 Hungary Sándor Liu Shaolin (2016) 2017 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 Canada Charles Hamelin (2016)
1500m China Han Tianyu (2016)
3000m China Han Tianyu (2016)
5000m Relay China China (2016)
Overall China Han Tianyu (2016)
World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships Nations 1991  South Korea (2011) Discontinued after 2011 Annual
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Individuals 2010 Canada Scott Croxall (2015) 2016 Annual
Squash PSA World Championship Individuals 1976 Egypt Karim Abdel Gawad (2016) 2017 Annual
World International Doubles Squash Championships Doubles teams 1997 Australia 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 China Ma Long (2015) 2017 Biennial
Doubles China Xu Xin & Zhang Jike (2015)
World Team Table Tennis Championships Nations 1926  China (2016) 2018 Biennial
Taekwondo World Taekwondo Champinships Individuals 1973 Winners in 8 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Nations  Iran (2015)
Tchoukball World Tchoukball Championship Nations 1970 Taiwan Republic of China (2015) 2017 Biennial
Ten-pin bowling WTBA World Championships Nations 1954 Winners in 6 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial Biennially until 2010
Tennis Davis Cup Nations 1900  Argentina (2016) 2017 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 (2012) Defunct Annual
Triathlon ITU World Triathlon Series Individuals 1989 Spain Mario Mola (2016) 2017 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 (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World League Nations 1990  Serbia (2016) 2017 Annual
FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Clubs 1989 Brazil Sada Cruzeiro (2016) 2017 Annual
Wrestling (amateur) World Wrestling Championships Individuals and Nations 1904 Winners in 16 events (2015) 2016 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Wrestling World Cup (freestyle) Nations 1973  Iran (2016) 2017 Annual
Wrestling World Cup (Greco-Roman) Nations 1980  Iran (2016) 2017 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 Tina Maze (2015) 2017 Biennial
Super G 1987 Austria Anna Fenninger (2015)
Giant slalom 1931 Austria Anna Fenninger (2015)
Slalom 1931 United States Mikaela Shiffrin (2015)
Combined 1932 Slovenia Tina Maze (2015)
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Individuals 1967 Switzerland Lara Gut (women) (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Nations  Austria (2015–16)
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Individuals 1972 Winners in 30 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Archery World Archery Championships Individual recurve 1931 South Korea Ki Bo-Bae (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individual compound 1995 South Korea 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  United States (most medals); Winners in 13 events (2016) 2018 Biennial
IAAF World Cross Country Championships Individuals 1973 Kenya Agnes Jebet Tirop (2015) 2017 Biennial
Teams Ethiopia Ethiopia (2015)
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Individuals 1992 Kenya Peres Jechirchir (2016) 2018 Biennial
Teams Kenya Kenya (2015)
IAU 100 km World Championships Individuals 1987 United States Camile Herron (2015) 2016 Annual
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Individuals 2001 United States Katalin Nagy (2015) 2016 Annual
Teams 2003 United States United States (2015)
IPC Athletics World Championships Individuals 1994 Winners in 76 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Auto racing see the mixed section below[1]
Badminton BWF World Championships Singles 1977 Spain Carolina Marín (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years
Doubles China 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 (2016) 2018 Biennial Annually from 2006 to 2008, then biennially
Bandy World Cup Women Clubs 2003 Russia 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 Championships Nations 2012 Czech Republic Czech Republic (2016) 2017 Biennial
Beach volleyball Swatch FIVB World Championships Nations 1997 Brazil Bárbara SeixasÁgatha Bednarczuk (2015) 2017 Biennial
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Sprint 7.5 km 1984 Norway Tiril Eckhoff (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic Year.
Pursuit 10 km 1997 Germany Laura Dahlmeier (2016)
Mass start 12.5 km 1999 France Marie Dorin Habert (2016)
Individual 15 km 1984 France Marie Dorin Habert (2016)
Relay 4x6 km 1984 Norway Norway (2016)
Team 1984 Russia Russian Federation (1998) Defunct Annual
Bobsleigh FIBT World Championships Two woman 2000 Germany Anja Schneiderheinze-Stöckel
Annika Drazek (2016)
2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Boxing World Amateur Boxing Championships Individuals 2001  Kazakhstan (Most medals); Winners in 13 weight classes 2018 Biennial
Canoeing ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Individuals and teams 1938 Winners in 11 events (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships K-1 1949 Czech Republic Kateřina Kudějová (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years
K-1 team 1949 Czech Republic Czech Republic (2015)
C-1 2009 Australia Jessica Fox (2015)
C-1 team 2011 Australia Australia (2015)
ICF Canoe Polo World Championships Nations 1994 New Zealand New Zealand (2016) 2018 Biennial
Cricket Women's Cricket World Cup (one-day international) Nations 1973  Australia (2013) 2017 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 Sweden Charlotte Kalla (2015) 2017 Biennial
Skiathlon 15 km 1993 Norway Therese Johaug (2015)
30 km 1980 Norway Therese Johaug (2015)
Sprint 2001 Norway Marit Bjørgen (2015)
Team Sprint 2005 Norway Norway (2015)
Relay 4x5 km 1954 Norway Norway (2015)
IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships Individuals 1974 ??? (2015) 2017 Biennial
Curling World Curling Championships Nations 1979  Canada (2017) 2018 Annual
Cycling UCI Road World Championships Road race 1958 Denmark 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 United States Amber Neben (2016)
Team time trial (trade) 2012 Netherlands Boels-Dolmans (2016)[2]
Team time trial (nations) 1987  Russia (1994) 1994
UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cross-country 1990 Denmark Annika Langvad (2016) 2017 Annual
Downhill 1990 United Kingdom Rachel Atherton (2016)
Four-cross 2002 Australia Caroline Buchanan (2016)
UCI Urban Cycling World Championships Freestyle BMX 2017 2017 Annual
Cross-country eliminator 2012 Switzerland Linda Indergard (2016)
Trials 2001 Germany Nina Reichenbach (2016)
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Individuals 2000 Netherlands 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  Great Britain (Most medals); Winners in 15 events (2016) 2017
Darts BDO World Darts Championship Individuals 2001 England Lisa Ashton (2017) 2018 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  England (2015) 2017 Biennial The WDF World Cup was first contested in 1977, but a women's championship was not added until 1983.
Equestrian see the mixed section below[3]
Fencing World Fencing Championships Foil 1929 Russia Inna Deriglazova (2015) 2017 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years
Foil team 1932 Italy Italy (2015)
Épée 1988 Italy Rossella Fiamingo (2015)
Épée team 1988 China China (2015)
Sabre 1999 Russia Sofiya Velikaya (2015)
Sabre team 1999 Russia Russian Federation (2015)
Field hockey Women's Hockey World Cup Nations 1974  Netherlands (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships Individuals 1906 Russia Evgenia Medvedeva (2016) 2017 Annual
Fistball Fistball World Cup Nations 1994 Germany Germany (2016) 2018
Floorball Floorball World Championships Nations 1997  Sweden (2015) 2017 Biennial
Freestyle Skiing FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Moguls 1986 Canada Justine Dufour-Lapointe (2015) 2017 Biennial
Dual Moguls 2001 United States Hannah Kearney (2015)
Aerials 1986 Australia Laura Peel (2015)
Half-pipe 2005 Switzerland Virginie Faivre (2015)
Ski cross 2005 Austria Andrea Limbacher (2015)
Slopestyle 2011 Germany Lisa Zimmermann (2015)
Futsal AMF Futsal Women's World Cup Nations 2008 Colombia Colombia (2013) 2017 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 (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in years with a Summer Olympics
World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships Individuals and nations 1963 Winners in 9 events (2015) 2017 Biennial Changed from 2005
Trampoline World Championships Individual & teams 1964 Winners in 7 Events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Pairs 1974 Russia Russian Federation (2016) 2018 Biennial
Groups 1974 Russia Russian Federation (2016)
Handball World Women's Handball Championship Nations 1957  Norway (2015) 2017 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 (2016) 2017 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 (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Individual 1955 Germany Natalie Geisenberger (2016) 2017 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Individual 1979 Italy Evelyn Lanthaler (2015) 2017 Biennial
Motorcycling see the mixed section below[7]
Motorcycling FIM Women's Motocross World Championship Individuals 2008 France Livia Lancelot (2016) 2017 Annual
FIM Women's Enduro World Championship Individuals 2010 Spain Laia Sanz (2016) 2017 Annual
Modern Pentathlon World Modern Pentathlon Championships Individual 1981 Hungary Sarolta Kovács (2016) 2017 Biennial
Team 1981 Hungary Hungary (2016)
Relay 2004 Germany Germany (2016)
Netball World Netball Championships Nations 1963  Australia (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Sprint 2001 Denmark Maja Alm (2016) 2017 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Short distance 1991 Norway Hanne Staff (2001) defunct Biennial
Middle Distance 2003 Sweden Tove Alexandersson (2016) 2017 Annual Originally biennally, annually since 2003
Long distance 1966 Sweden Tove Alexandersson (2016) 2017 Annual Originally biennally, annually since 2003
Relay 1966 Russia Russian Federation (2016) 2017 Annual Originally biennally, annually since 2003
Orienteering World Cup Individuals 1986 Sweden Tove Alexandersson (2015) 2016 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 (2016) 2019 Triennial Biennially 1990–2004
Ringette World Club Championship Clubs 2008 Finland LL-89 (2011) Triennial 2014 event cancelled
Roller derby Roller Derby World Cup Nations 2011  United States (2014) 2018 Triennial/Quadrennial
Roller hockey Women's Roller Hockey World Cup Nations 1992 Spain Spain (2016) 2017 Biennial
Rowing World Rowing Championships Nations 1974 Winners in 9 events (2015) 2017 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic/Paralympic events in Summer Olympic/Paralympic years
FISA Rowing World Cup Nations 1997 Winners in 6 events (2016) 2017 Annual
Rugby league Women's Rugby League World Cup Nations 2000 Australia Australia (2013) 2017 Quadrennial Quadrennially after 2013
Rugby union Women's Rugby World Cup Nations 1991  England (2014) 2017 Quadrennial After the first event in 1991, a consistent four-year cycle was established in 1994. After the 2014 event, a new four-year cycle was established, with the next Women's World Cup to be held in 2017.
Rugby union sevens (women) 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
Skeleton FIBT World Championships Individual 2000 Germany Tina Hermann (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in years with Winter Olympics.
Ski jumping FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals normal hill 2009 Germany 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 China Xuetong Cai (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individuals slopestyle 2011 Japan Miyabi Onitsuka (2015)
Individuals snowboard cross 1997 United States Lindsey Jacobellis (2015)
Individuals parallel slalom 1996 Czech Republic Ester Ledecka (2015)
Individuals parallel giant slalom 1999 Austria Claudia Riegler (2015)
Individuals big air 2015 Switzerland Elena Könz (2015)
Softball Women's Softball World Championship Nations 1965  United States (2016) 2018 Biennial Quadrennially from 1970–2010, now biennially
World Cup of Softball Nations 2005  Japan (2016) 2017 Annual
Speed skating World All-Round Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1933 Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková (2016) 2017 Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1970 United States Brittany Bowe (2016) 2017 Annual
World Single Distance Championships 500m 1995 South Korea Lee Sang-hwa (2016) 2017 Annual In Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
1000m Netherlands Jorien ter Mors (2016)
1500m Netherlands Jorien ter Mors (2016)
3000m Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková (2016)
10000m Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková (2016)
Mass start 2015 Canada Ivanie Blondin (2016)
Team pursuit 2005 Netherlands Netherlands (2016)
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 500m 1976 China 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 South Korea Choi Min-jeong (2016)
1500m Canada Marianne St-Gelais (2016)
3000m Netherlands Suzanne Schulting (2016)
3000m relay South Korea South Korea (2016)
Overall South Korea Choi Min-jeong (2016)
World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships Nations 1991  South Korea (2011) Discontinued after 2011 Annual
ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup Individuals and Nations 1999/2000 South Korea Kwak Yoon-gy (Overall winner); Winners in 6 events (2015/16) 2015/16 One year
Squash PSA World Championship Individuals 1979 Egypt Nour El Sherbini (2015) 2016 Annual
World Doubles Squash Championships Doubles teams 1997 New Zealand 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 China Ding Ning (2015) 2017 Biennial
Doubles China Liu Shiwen & Zhu Yuling (2015)
World Team Table Tennis Championships Nations 1933  China (2016) 2018 Biennial
Taekwondo World Taekwondo Champinships Individuals 1973 Winners in 8 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Nations  South Korea (2015)
Tchoukball World Tchoukball Championships Nations 1980 Taiwan Republic of China (2015) 2017 Biennial
Ten-pin bowling WTBA World Championships Nations 1963 Winners in 6 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Tennis Fed Cup Nations 1963  Czech Republic (2015) 2016 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 Bermuda 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 World Grand Prix Nations 1993  Brazil (2016) 2017 Annual
FIVB Club World Women's Championship Clubs 1991 Turkey Eczacibaşi Istanbul (2016) 2017 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 (2015) 2016 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 South Korea Heo Jung-han (2016) 2017 Insertual
Air racing Red Bull Air Race World Championship Individuals 2003 Germany Matthias Dolderer (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in 2011–2013
Auto racing Formula One World Championship Individuals 1950 Germany Nico Rosberg (2016) 2017 Annual
Constructors 1958 Germany Mercedes (2016)
FIA World Endurance Championship Individuals 2012 Germany Marc Lieb Switzerland Neel Jani France Romain Dumas (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers Germany Porsche (2016)
FIA GT1 World Championship Individuals 2010 Germany Marc Basseng and
Germany Markus Winkelhock (2012)
Defunct Annual Annually until 2012
Teams Germany Münnich Motorsport (2012)
FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup Individuals 1993 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah (2016) 2017 Annual
Teams Qatar Nasser Sale Al-Attiyah Team (2016)
FIA Formula E Championship Drivers 2014–15 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi (2015–16) 2016–17 Annual
Teams France Renault e.dams (2015–16)
World Rally Championship Individuals 1977 France Sébastien Ogier (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers 1973 Germany Volkswagen (2016)
World Touring Car Championship Individuals 1987 Argentina José María López (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers France Citroën (2016)
World Manufacturers' Championship Manufacturers 1925 France Delage (1927) Defunct Annual Annually until 1927
World Sportscar Championship Manufacturers;
from 1985 teams
1953 France Peugeot Talbot Sport (1992) Defunct Annual Annually until 1992
Individuals 1981 France Yannick Dalmas
United Kingdom Derek Warwick (1992)
Annual
Karting World Championship Individuals 1964 Italy Paolo De Conto (2016) 2017 Annual
Biathlon Biathlon World Cup Individuals 1977–78 France Martin Fourcade (men)
Czech Republic Gabriela Soukalova (women)
(2015–16)
2016–17 One year
Nations 1996–97  Norway (men)
 Germany (women)
(2015–16)
Bobsleigh Bobsleigh World Cup Two-man 1984–85 South Korea Won Yun-jong (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Four-man 1984–85 Germany Maximilian Arndt (2015–16)
Combined man 1984–85 Germany Nico Walther (2015–16)
Two-woman 1994–95 Canada Kaillie Humphries (2015–16)
Cross-Country Skiing FIS Cross-Country World Cup Individuals 1973–74 Norway Martin Johnsrud Sundby (men)
Norway Therese Johaug (women) (2015–16)
2016–17 One year
Equestrian Dressage World Cup Individuals 1986 Netherlands Hans Peter Minderhoud (2016) 2017 Annual
World Four-in-Hand Championships Teams and Individuals 1972 Australia Boyd Exell (individual)
 Netherlands (team); (2014)
2016 Biennial
Eventing World Cup Individuals 2003 Germany Michael Jung (2010) Suspended Annual No final since 2010; final ranking leader is World Cup Champion
FEI World Equestrian Games Individuals 1990 Winners in 27 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Mounted Games World Individual Championships Individuals 1986 France Colin Verdelhan (2016) 2017 Annual
Mounted Games World Pairs Championships Pairs 1992 England Mitch Lyons& England April Wilson (2016) 2017 Annual
Mounted Games World Team Championships Team 1986 France France (2016) 2017 Annual
Show Jumping World Cup Individuals 1979 Switzerland Steve Guerdat (2016) 2017 One year
Gliding FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships Individuals 1985 Hungary 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
Korfball Korfball World Championship Nations 1978 Netherlands Netherlands (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Luge Luge World Cup Men's singles 1977–78 Germany Felix Loch (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Men's doubles 1977–78 Germany Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt (2015–16)
Women's singles 1977–78 Germany Natalie Geisenberger (2015–16)
Motorcycling FIM MotoGP Championship MOTO3 Individual 2012 South Africa Brad Binder (2016) 2017 Annual Until 2012 as 125cc
MOTO2 Individual 2010 France Johann Zarco (2016) Until 2010 as 250cc
MOTOGP Individual 2002 Spain Marc Márquez (2016) Until 2002 as 500cc
MOTO3 Constructor 2012 Austria KTM (2016) 2017 Annual
MOTO2 Constructor 2010 Germany Kalex (2016)
MOTOGP Constructor 2002 Japan Honda (2016)
Supercross World Championship Individuals 2003 United States Ryan Dungey (2016) 2017 Annual
Motocross World Championship MX2 Individual 2003 Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings (2016) 2017 Annual
MXGP Individual 2003 Slovenia Tim Gajser (2016)
MX2 Constructor 2003 Austria KTM (2016) 2017 Annual
MXGP Constructor 2003 Japan Honda (2016)
FIM World Enduro Championship E3 2004 France Mathias Bellino (2016) 2017 Annual
E2 2004 France Antoine Méo (2016)
E1 2004 Finland Eero Remes (2016)
FIM sidecarcross World Championship Pairs 1980 Belgium Jan Hendrickx
Netherlands Ben van den Bogaart (2016)
2017 Annual
Speedway World Team Cup (1960–2000)
Speedway World Cup (since 2001)
National Team 1960 Poland Poland (2016) 2017 Annual
Speedway World Pairs Championship National pair 1970 Sweden Sweden (1993) Defunct Annual Annually until 1993
Individual Speedway World Championship (1931–1994)
Speedway Grand Prix (since 1995)
Individuals 1931 United States Greg Hancock (2016) 2017 Annual
Individual Ice Racing World Championship Individuals[8] 1966 Russia Dmitri Khomitsevich (2016) 2017 Annual
Team Ice Racing World Championship Nations 1979 Russia Russia (2016) 2017 Annual
Sidecar World Championship Pairs 1949 Finland Pekka Päivarinta (driver) &
Kirsi Kainulainen (passenger) (2016)
2017 Annual
Endurance FIM World Championship Team 1975 France Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (fr) (2016) 2017 Annual
Superbike World Championship Individuals 1988 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers Japan Kawasaki (2016)
Supersport World Championship Individuals 1999 Turkey Kenan Sofuoğlu (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers Japan Kawasaki (2016)
FIM Superstock 1000 Championship Individuals 2000 Italy Raffaele De Rosa (2016) 2017 Annual
Manufacturers Italy 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 United StatesMax Michel (2014) 2017 Triennial Combined overall winner(s) across all divisions
Teams  United States Open Team (2014)
Max Michel, Shane Coley, KC Eusebio, Chris Tilley
IPSC Rifle World Shoots Individuals 2017 TBD 2017
Teams TBD
IPSC Shotgun World Shoots Individuals 2012 Czech RepublicVaclav Vinduska (2015) 2018
Teams Russia Russian Open Team (2015)
Roman Khalitov, Vsevolod Ilin, Ramazan Mubarakov, Andrei Kirisenko
IPSC Action Air World Shoots Individuals 2017 TBD 2017
Teams TBD
Motorboat racing Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Individual Boats 1992 United Arab Emirates Team Abu Dhabi (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
F1 Powerboat World Championship Individual 1981 France Philipe Chiape (2016) 2017 Annual
Aeromodelling FAI F1D World Championships for Free Flight Indoor Model Aircraft Individual 1960 United States 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 France Christophe Paysant Le-Roux 2017 Biennial
 United States
FAI F3C World Championships for Model Helicopters Individuals and nations 1985 Japan Hiroki Ito 2017 Biennial
 Japan
FAI F3N World Championships for Model Helicopters Individuals and nations 2013 Germany Eric Weber 2017 Biennial
 Israel
FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 2011 Austria Gernot Bruckmann 2017 Biennial
 Austria
FAI F3D World Championship for Pylon Racing Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 1985 United States Randy Bridge 2017 Biennial
 Czech Republic
FAI F3K World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 2011 New Zealand Alex Hewson 2017 Biennial
 New Zealand
FAI F3F World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 2012 Slovakia František Ruisl 2016 Biennial
 France
FAI F3J World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 1998 Slovakia 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 United States Robert Kreutz 2018 Biennial
Radio-controlled racing IFMAR 1:8 IC Track World Championship Individual 1977 Switzerland Simon Kurzbuch (2015) 2017 Biennial
IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championship, 2WD Individual 1985 United States Spencer Rivkin (2015) 2017 Double header single host event
IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championship, 4WD Individual Portugal Bruno Coehlo (2015)
IFMAR 1:5 Touring Car World Championship Individual 2001 Australia Russell Grenenger (2015) 2017?
IFMAR 1:8 IC Off-Road World Championship Individual 1986 Sweden David Ronnefalk (2016) 2018
IFMAR 1:12 Electric Track World Championship Individual 1982 Japan Naoto Matsukura (2016) 2018 Double header single host event since 2002, triple in 2000 with PRO 10
IFMAR ISTC World Championship Individual 2000 Germany Ronald Völker (de) (2016)
IFMAR 1:10 200mm Nitro Touring Car World Championship Individual 2002 Germany Dominic Greiner (2016) 2018
IFMAR PRO 10 World Championship Individual 1992 Japan Masami Hirosaka (2000) Defunct Biennial until 2000, single host event with 1:12 on-road in 1996–2000
IFMAR 1:10 235mm Touring Car World Championship Individual 2000 United States Brian Berry (2002) Defunct Biennial until 2002
IFMAR 1:12 Electric Track World Championship – Stock Individual 1982 United States Bud Bartos (1984) Defunct Biennial until 1984
Radio Controlled Sailing IRSA – 10 Rater World Championships Individual 1999 United Kingdom Brad Gibson (2016) Authorised by World Sailing and the International Radio Sailing Association
IRSA – A Class World Championships Individual  Graham Bantock (GBR) Undefined Various
IRSA – Marblehead World Championships Individual  Brad Gibson (GBR) 2017 Various
IRSA – One Metre World Championship Individual 1994  Brad Gibson (GBR) 2017 Bi-Annual
Sailing Over 80 Various Titles Individuals and Teams Annually See World Championships in Sailing
Shooting ISSF World Cup Individuals 1988 Winners in 15 events (2016) 2017 One year
Skeleton Skeleton World Cup Men 1986–87 Latvia Martins Dukurs (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Women 1996–97 Germany Tina Hermann (2015–16)
Ski Jumping FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Individuals 1979–80 Slovenia Peter Prevc (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
National Team  ?  Norway (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Speed skating Speed Skating World Cup Individuals and Nations 1985–86 Winners in 12 events (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
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 (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team compound
male – female pair
1995 South Korea South Korea (2015) 2017 Biennial
Badminton BWF World Championships Mixed Doubles 1977 China Zhang Nan & Zhao Yunlei (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Sudirman Cup Nations 1989  China (2015) 2017 Biennial
Basketball FIBA 3x3 World Championships National teams of
two men and two women
2012 France France defunct Biennial Three players are on the court at any one time
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Mixed relay 2x6,2x7.5 km 2005 France France (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in the Winter Olympic Years
Bull riding PBR World Cup Nations 2007  Brazil (2010) Discontinuited One year
Cycling UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cross-country Team relay 1999 France France (2016) 2017 Annual
UCI Urban Cycling World Championships Team trials 1999 France France (2016) 2017 Annual
Curling World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship National mixed teams
male – female pair
2008  Russia (2016) 2017 Annual
World Mixed Curling Championship National mixed teams (4 players) 2015  Russia (2016) 2017 Annual
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships National pairs
male – female pair
from the same nation
1908 Canada Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (2016) 2017 Annual
Ice Dance
male – female pair from the same nation
1952 France Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (2016)
Gymnastics Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Teams 2016 Russia Russian Federation (2016) 2018 Biennial
Mixed pairs 1974 Russia Russian Federation (2016)
Modern Pentathlon World Modern Pentathlon Championships Mixed Relay 2001 Russia Russian Federation (2016) 2017 Biennial
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Nations 1989 Germany Natalie Geisenberger
Felix Loch
Tobias Wendl /Tobias Arlt (2016)
2017 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Nations 2001 Italy Alex Gluber, Melanie Schwarz, Patrick Pigneter, Florian Clara (2013) 2017? Biennial Not held in 2015
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Sprint relay 2014 Denmark Denmark (2016) 2017 Annual
Quidditch IQA World Cup Nations 2012 Australia Australia (2016) 2018 Biennial Quidditch has rules based on gender, not sex, calling itself a mixed-gender sport
Rowing Rowing World Championships Para Mixed Pair
1 Male & 1 Female
Annual
Para Mixed Coxed Four
2 Male & 2 Female
plus an open cox
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 France Billy Besson & Marie Riou (2016) 2017 Annual
Synchronized skating World Synchronized Skating Championships Teams 2000 Russia Paradise (2016) 2017 Annual
Ten-pin bowling QubicaAMF World Cup Individuals 1965 China Wang Hongbo (men)
SwedenJenny Wenger (women)
(2016)
2017 Annual
Tennis Hopman Cup National teams
male – female pair
1989  Australia (2016) 2017 Annual Competitions are played in traditional order: women's singles, men's singles, and mixed doubles
Touch football (rugby league) Touch Football World Cup Nations 1988  Australia (both men and women)
(2015)
2019 Four years
Triathlon ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships National teams of two men and two women 2003 United States (2016) 2017 Annual

World championships by year[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Note: Auto racing events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  2. ^ a b c This differs from the practice in the road races (as well as the 1962–1994 men's World Championship TTT), where teams are based on nationality. The flag in this entry reflects where the team is registered, not necessarily the nationality of its cyclists.
  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. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Sport, Frank Keogh BBC. "Reanne Evans: Ladies' champion to face men in world qualifiers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  7. ^ With the exception of off-road racing, motorcycle racing events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  8. ^ Champions in Individual Ice Racing (motorcycle)

References[edit]

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