1985 World Games

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World Games II
World Games 1985 logo.png
Host cityLondon, United Kingdom
MottoSport is a universal language, the world is one family, all mankind are brothers and sisters.
Nations participating33
Athletes participating1,550
Opening ceremony25 July
Closing ceremony4 August
Officially opened byCharles Palmer
Chairman of British Olympic Association
Main venueWembley Stadium
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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.[1] 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).[2]

     As Invitational sport

Sport Titles Notes
Artistic roller skating 4
Roller speed skating 12
Roller hockey 1
Bodybuilding 6
Boules 1
Bowling 5
Casting 12
Field archery 4
Fistball 1
Finswimming 17
Karate 12
Korfball 1
Life saving 12
Netball 1
Raquetball 2
Sambo 17
Taekwondo 8
Trampoline 6
Tug of war 2
Water skiing 6
Powerlifting 3
Softball 1
Total 134

Venues included Wembley Conference Centre, Princes Club (Bedfont), Copthall Stadium. Wimbledon Stadium, Crystal Palace, David Lloyd Club, Tolmers Scout Camp and Stevenage Bowling Center.[3]

Medal table[edit]

The medal tally during the second World Games is as follows. Italy finished at the top of the medal standings.[4] Two bronze medals were awarded in fistball and in each karate-kumite (9) and taekwondo (8) event.

  *   Host nation (Great Britain)

1 Italy (ITA)27292278
2 United States (USA)18161852
3 Spain (ESP)1511531
4 West Germany (FRG)13121641
5 Sweden (SWE)128525
6 Great Britain (GBR)*11112143
7 France (FRA)7111331
8 South Korea (KOR)7018
9 Netherlands (NED)5139
10 Japan (JPN)5128
11 Hungary (HUN)44513
12 Norway (NOR)26816
13 Ireland (IRL)2002
14 Canada (CAN)15511
15 Belgium (BEL)1449
16  Switzerland (SUI)1247
17 Austria (AUT)1102
 New Zealand (NZL)1102
19 Singapore (SIN)1001
20 Australia (AUS)0459
21 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0314
22 Egypt (EGY)0224
23 Philippines (PHI)0213
24 Bahrain (BHR)0011
 Brazil (BRA)0011
 Colombia (COL)0011
 Denmark (DEN)0011
 Finland (FIN)0011
 Ivory Coast (CIV)0011
 Jamaica (JAM)0011
 Mexico (MEX)0011
 Monaco (MON)0011
 Portugal (POR)0011
 Venezuela (VEN)0011
Totals (34 nations)134134152420


  1. ^ Media Release 1985 World Games
  2. ^ "The World Games London 1985" (PDF). westnally.com. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  3. ^ Bell, David (2011). Encyclopedia of International Games. McFarland. p. 408. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  4. ^ "Results of the World Games". International World Games Association. Retrieved 2015-10-26.

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