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2009 World Games Kaohsiung.svg
Motto Top Sports – High Spirits
Host cityKaohsiung
MottoTop Sports – High Spirits
Nations participating101
Athletes participating4,800 approx.
Events35 sports
Opening ceremonyJuly 16
Closing ceremonyJuly 26
Officially opened byPresident Ma Ying-jeou
2005 2013  >

The 2009 World Games, the eighth edition of the World Games, were an international multi-sport event held in Kaohsiung, Republic of China (under the name Chinese Taipei) from July 16, 2009 to July 26, 2009. The games featured sports that are not contested in the Olympic Games.

Nearly 6,000 athletes, officials, coaches, referees and others from 101 countries participated in the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games, setting a record high for the multi-sport competition. The International World Games Association (IWGA) President Ron Froehlich praised the July 16–26 games as the "best games ever."[1]


The design of the emblem for The World Games 2009 is based on the first Chinese character in the city’s name. The character " kao" (高) means high or superior in English. The toponym stylized as a multicolored ribbon aims to create an atmosphere of festivity and celebration. The warm colors, orange and magenta, at the top and green and blue at the bottom symbolize the sun rising over the ocean and mirror Kaohsiung well: a passionate city with plenty of sunshine – a vibrant metropolis by the sea.



Gao Mei (高妹) and Syong Ge (雄哥) are named after the host city, Kaohsiung (according to Tongyong Pinyin). They are intended to personify it as "a city of the sea and the sun", to emphasize "ecology and environmental protection", and to symbolize the "friendliness and hospitality" of the city's residents.[2]

Opening ceremony[edit]

World Games 2009 opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony, on July 16, was held in the Main Stadium, and involved 4,000 performers. It was designed to provide "a platform for the world to understand Taiwan better", and focused on music, dancing and depictions of Taiwanese culture, including its aboriginal culture. The ceremony was watched by an estimated 100 million people worldwide.[3]

Among the foreign dignitaries in attendance was the President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies and himself a former athlete, having won seven gold medals in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games.[4]

Although China had sent athletes to compete, they were absent from the opening ceremony, reportedly due to Ma Ying-jeou inaugurating the Games in his capacity as the head of state.[5]

News Conference[edit]

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said the city has shown "soft" power in staging The World Games that concluded and praised Kaohsiung residents for their passion in participating in the event. The mayor spoke at a news conference held after the closing ceremony during which International World Games Association (IWGA) President Ron Froehlich praised the July 16–26 games as the "best games ever."[1]

Chen noted that after the city was awarded the right to host the Games in 2005, it was determined to make it a success, and she said the city showed "confidence and competence" in staging the first international sports event held in Taiwan after "numerous daunting coordination challenges." She also praised the maturity of Kaohsiung residents, saying that their enthusiastic participation and passionate cheering for athletes from every country was "touching." Revenues from ticket sales at The World Games have been initially estimated at NT$65 million. Chen noted Froehlich's praise of Kaohsiung, which she said has displayed friendship, cooperation and community participation, and offered her best wishes to Cali, Colombia, which will host the next World Games in 2013.

She said Kaohsiung is an open, rich and pluralistic city that respects human rights and tolerates different views and political stances as long as they are expressed in a peaceful manners. Concerning the absence of the athletes from China, which was reported to be a boycott, from the opening and closing ceremonies of The World Games, she said that as a big country, she expected it to show more grace and tolerance.



The category names and sport names are shown as listed on the official event website. There were five invitational sports which are marked with an asterisk (*).

  • Bodybuilding was an official sport but bodybuilding medals later removed from the medal table because of the number of doping cases in this sport, and IWGA suspended IFBB.[12][13]

Medal table[edit]

Official sports[edit]

The medal tally during the eighth World Games is as follows. Russia finished at the top of the final medal table.[14][15][16]

  *   Host nation (Chinese Taipei)

1 Russia (RUS)19131547
2 Italy (ITA)16121341
3 China (CHN)1410529
4 United States (USA)138526
5 France (FRA)11141338
6 Ukraine (UKR)811928
7 Chinese Taipei (TPE)*88622
8 Germany (GER)661022
9 Australia (AUS)510520
10 Great Britain (GBR)46919
11 Japan (JPN)45413
12 Colombia (COL)45312
13 Netherlands (NED)45211
14 Brazil (BRA)4138
15  Switzerland (SUI)3407
16 South Korea (KOR)33511
17 Belgium (BEL)2417
18 New Zealand (NZL)23611
19 Finland (FIN)2316
20 Spain (ESP)2305
21 Slovenia (SLO)2204
22 Austria (AUT)2125
23 Croatia (CRO)2046
24 Mongolia (MGL)1304
25 Slovakia (SVK)1214
26 Canada (CAN)1124
 Poland (POL)1124
28 Greece (GRE)1113
 Hungary (HUN)1113
30 Romania (ROU)1102
31 Malaysia (MAS)1034
32 Thailand (THA)1023
 Venezuela (VEN)1023
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)1012
 Chile (CHI)1012
 Indonesia (INA)1012
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)1012
38 Estonia (EST)1001
 Fiji (FIJ)1001
 Mexico (MEX)1001
 Vietnam (VIE)1001
42 Portugal (POR)0202
43 Egypt (EGY)0134
44 Norway (NOR)0123
 South Africa (SAF)0123
46 Azerbaijan (AZE)0112
 Sweden (SWE)0112
48 Argentina (ARG)0101
 Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)0101
 Denmark (DEN)0101
 Dominican Republic (DOM)0101
52 Turkey (TUR)0033
53 Montenegro (MNE)0022
54 Belarus (BLR)0011
 Bulgaria (BUL)0011
 Czech Republic (CZE)0011
 Israel (ISR)0011
 Luxembourg (LUX)0011
 Philippines (PHI)0011
 United Arab Emirates (UAE)0011
Totals (60 nations)158158160476

Bodybuilding results and invitational sports not included.

Invitational sports[edit]

  *   Host nation (Chinese Taipei)

1 China (CHN)8008
2 Russia (RUS)6219
3 Chinese Taipei (TPE)*35210
4 Iran (IRI)2114
5 Japan (JPN)1214
6 Brazil (BRA)1012
7 Italy (ITA)1001
8 Hungary (HUN)0314
9 Vietnam (VIE)0224
10 Hong Kong (HKG)0213
11  Switzerland (SUI)0202
12 Croatia (CRO)0112
 Germany (GER)0112
14 Philippines (PHI)0101
15 Canada (CAN)0022
 Malaysia (MAS)0022
18 Indonesia (INA)0011
 Singapore (SIN)0011
Totals (19 nations)22222064


In the following calendar for The World Games 2009, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held. Each bullet in these boxes is an event final, the number of bullets per box representing the number of finals that were contested on that day. On the left the calendar lists each sport with events held during the Games, and at the right how many gold medals were won in that sport. There is a key at the top of the calendar to aid the reader.[17]

     As Invitational sport

 ●  Opening ceremony     Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
July 2009 16
Air sports parachuting         ●●●●● 5
Field archery     ●●●●
Beach handball     ●● 2
Billiards         ●●●● 4
Bodybuilding   ●●●●
Boules sports Lyonnaise     ●●●● 4
Boules sports Petangue     ●● 2
Boules sports Raffa     ●● 2
Bowling ten pin   ●● 3
Canoe polo   ●● 2
Dance sport ●● 3
Dragon boat ●● ●● 4
Fin swimming ●●●●
Fistball       1
Flying disc     1
Acrobatic gymnastics ●● ●● 5
Aerobic gymnastics ●● ●●● 5
Rhythmic gymnastics ●● ●● 4
Trampoline gymnastics ●● ●●● 6
Ju-Jitsu ●●●●
Karate ●●●●
Korfball         1
Life saving ●●●● ●●●● ●●●●
Orienteering ●● ●● 5
Powerlifting ●●●●
●●● 8
Racquetball     ●● 2
Roller sports–Artistic   ●●●● 4
Roller sports–Inline Hockey       1
Roller Sports–Speed ●●●● ●●●● ●● 10
Rugby sevens   1
Softball       1
Sport climbing ●● ●● 4
Squash       ●● 2
Sumo ●●●●
●● 8
Tchoukball     ●● 2
Tug of War Indoor 1
Tug of War Outdoor 2
Water skiing     ●● ●●●● 6
Wushu ●● ●●●●
July 2009 16


Venue Sports
Chengcing Lake Archery, Orienteering
Chung Cheng Martial Arts Stadium Billiards, Racquetball, Squash
Chungcheng Stadium Fistball
Cultural Center Jhihde Hall Bodybuilding, Aerobic gymnastics
Gymnasium of the National Sun Yat-sen University Ju-jitsu, Karate
Gymnasium of the Guo-Guang Laboratory School, National Sun Yat-sen University Tug of war
Gymnasium of the Kaohsiung Municipal Kaohsiung Senior High School Sumo
Gymnasium of the National Kaohsiung Normal University Korfball, Tchoukball
Happy Bowling Center Bowling
I-Shou University Roller sports
Ren-ai Park Boules
Kaohsiung Arena Acrobatic gymnastics, DanceSport, Rhythmic gymnastics, Trampoline, Tumbling
Kaohsiung Li De Baseball Stadium Softball
Kaohsiung County Stadium Wushu
Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park Parachuting
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Orienteering
Kaohsiung Swimming Pool Finswimming, Lifesaving
Lotus Lake Canoe polo, Water skiing, Dragon Boat race
Shou-shan Junior High School Climbing
Sizihwan Bay Lifesaving, Beach handball
Sun Yat-sen Hall of the National Sun Yat-sen University Powerlifting
World Games Stadium Flying disc, Rugby sevens
Yangming Skating Rink Roller sports


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  2. ^ "The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung Mascots". Official website. Archived from the original on 2009-09-25.
  3. ^ "A glittering opening ceremony unfolds in Kaohsiung". Taiwan News. July 17, 2009. Archived from the original on July 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "President declares Kaohsiung World Games open". Taiwan News. July 17, 2009. Archived from the original on July 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "China snubs World Games opening". BBC News. July 16, 2009. Archived from the original on July 19, 2009.
  6. ^ "Artistic and Dance Sports". WorldGames2009.tw. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20.
  7. ^ "Ball Sports". WorldGames2009.tw. Archived from the original on 2009-12-07.
  8. ^ "Martial Arts". WorldGames2009.tw. Archived from the original on 2009-12-06.
  9. ^ "Precision Sports". WorldGames2009.tw. Archived from the original on 2009-12-06.
  10. ^ "Strength Sports". WorldGames2009.tw. Archived from the original on 2009-11-09.
  11. ^ "Trend Sports". WorldGames2009.tw. Archived from the original on 2009-11-30.
  12. ^ "Medal table". WorldGames2009.tw. Archived from the original on 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  13. ^ "Medal table". WorldGames2009.tw. Archived from the original on 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  14. ^ "Results of the World Games". International World Games Association. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  15. ^ "2009 Kaohsiung: Doping Violations". International World Games Association. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  16. ^ "The World Games 2009 Kaosiung (sic)". International Sumo Federation. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  17. ^ "Main Schedule". World Games 2009.

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