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World Games

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The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A number of the sports that were on the program of the World Games are now included in the programme of the Olympic Games. (Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics-Trampoline, Rugby sevens, Taekwondo, Triathlon and Weightlifting-Women)

Other sports have been Olympic sports in the past (like tug of war). With the current position of the IOC to limit the volume of participants in the Olympic Games to 10,500 participants, it is unlikely that many of the World Games sports will be elevated to Olympic sports.

Some of the sports that are currently held at the World Games are acrobatic gymnastics, ultimate, orienteering, body building, powerlifting, finswimming, squash, netball, water skiing, and casting. The sports that are included in the World Games are limited by the facilities available in the host city; no new facilities may be constructed for the games. Up to now between 25 and 35 sports were included in the programme of The World Games. The IWGA, in coordination with the host city, can invite some sport to participate in the "invitational" programme. No World Games medals are awarded to invitational sports.


Year Location Hosts Athletes* / Countries Sports (Off./Inv.)
1981 Santa Clara, California Flag usa.gif United States 1265/34 18/0
1985 London Flag of United Kingdom.gif United Kingdom 1550/34 19/4
1989 Karlsruhe Template:FRG 1965/44 19/0
1993 The Hague Template:NED 2275/69 22/3
1997 Lahti Template:FIN 2600/78 25/5
2001 Akita Flag of Japan.png Japan 3200/93 26/5
2005 Duisburg Template:GER 3200/93 34/6
2009 Kaohsiung Template:TWN 3235/90 26/5
2013 Cali Template:COL 3870/109 31/5
2017 Wrocław Template:POL
2021 TBD TBD


* without the invitational sports


These are the sports of the current World Games program.[1][2]

Precision Sports
Strength Sports
Trend Sports

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1 Invitational sports

All-time medal table

1 Flag italy.gif Italy 138 132 129 399
2 Flag usa.gif United States 137 120 105 362
3 Template:GER 116 102 124 342
4 Template:RUS 106 79 55 240
5 Flag of France.png France 88 91 91 270
6 Template:Country data Great Britain 56 57 85 199
7 Flag of Japan.png Japan 47 32 47 126
8 Template:CHN 46 42 19 108
9 Flag of Spain.png Spain 39 39 35 114
10 Template:NED 37 40 49 126

See also


  1. "IWGA - Members". Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  2. "IWGA - The Sports". Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

External links

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