1985 World Games
|Host city||London, United Kingdom|
|Motto||Sport is a universal language, the world is one family, all mankind are brothers and sisters.|
|Opening ceremony||25 July|
|Closing ceremony||4 August|
|Officially opened by||Charles Palmer|
Chairman of British Olympic Association
|Main venue||Wembley Stadium|
The 1985 World Games, the second World Games, were an international multi-sport event held in London, United Kingdom. Three main venues were used, the main one being the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. The opening ceremony was held at the Wembley Conference Centre. The master of ceremonies was television commentator Ron Pickering. Competitors were addressed by World Games Association President Dr Un Yong Kim, Games Patron Ryoichi Sasakawa and British Olympic Association Chairman Charles Palmer. Sports included field archery, taekwondo, karate, sambo, powerlifting, finswimming, roller sports, casting, korfball, water skiing, speedway, fistball, softball and netball. The netball results reversed the results of its recent world cup, with New Zealand winning gold to Australia's silver. Similarly, 3rd and 4th places were reversed, with Jamaica winning bronze against England. The ground team at Crystal Palace was headed by former Nottingham Forest player Roy Dwight with assistance from Tosh Chamberlain. Television coverage was produced by Cheerleader productions. Commentators included Simon Reed, Martin Tyler, Gerald Sinstadt and Dave Lanning.
134 titles were awarded in 22 sports (not including two invitational sports).
As Invitational sport
|Artistic roller skating||4|
|Roller speed skating||12|
|Tug of war||2|
The medal tally during the second World Games is as follows. Italy finished at the top of the medal standings. Two bronze medals were awarded in fistball and in each karate-kumite (9) and taekwondo (8) event.
|2||United States (USA)||18||16||18||52|
|4||West Germany (FRG)||13||12||16||41|
|6||Great Britain (GBR)*||11||11||21||43|
|8||South Korea (KOR)||7||0||1||8|
|New Zealand (NZL)||1||1||0||2|
|21||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||0||3||1||4|
|Ivory Coast (CIV)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (34 nations)||134||134||152||420|