THE WORLD GAMES
We still have images of the last J.J.O.O. held in Japan a few dates ago. Games, which have had to be held a year after the scheduled date due to the pandemic that we have suffered. Many rivers of ink have flowed on Olympic sport, but today we are going to talk about all other sports, from the World Games to non-Olympic Sports. In 1980 the International Association of World Games (IWGA) was founded supported by the IOC and adhering to the principles of the Olympic charter. It is a non-governmental organization made up of International Sports Federations that was founded by Dr. Un Yong Kim, who at the time was the president of the Taekwondo Federation and who, along with eleven other international federations, thought that this would be a good idea. to publicize their sports, giving notoriety to those who were not Olympians. They also agreed that when one of those sports made the leap to Olympism, it would automatically disappear from the World Games, as already happened with Taekwondo, Badminton ... These Games are also held every 4 years, always the year after the Olympics are held and are held over a period of 11 days. In the next Games, which will be in Birminghan (USA) in 2022, it is expected that around 3,600 athletes from more than 30 sports and 100 countries will participate. A very important aspect separates them from their brothers the J.J.O.O. The hosts are not required to build or expand facilities for the event, which is why not all sports have a place in all editions.
World Games venues: - 1981 Santa Clara (E.E.U.U.). - 1985 London (Great Britain). - 1989 Karlsruhe (Germany). - 1993 The Hague (Holland). - 1997 Lahti (Finland). - 2001 Akita (Japan). - 2005 Duisburg (Germany). - 2009 Kaohsiung (Taiwan). - 2013 Cali (Colombia). - 2017 Wroclaw (Poland). - 2022 Birminghan (USA). - 2025 Chengdu (China).
Sports for 2022 (from 32 to 39 are included in the World Games, but will not be held in this edition): 1. Air sports (Drone Racing and Skydiving). 2. Compound archery (Range and Target). 3. Softball. 4. Billiard sports (Carom, Pool, Snooker). 5. Petanque sports (Lyonnaise and Petanque). 6. Bowling (Tenpin). 7. Canoe (Marathon and Polo). 8. Dance sport (Latin, Rock and roll, Standard and Break dance). 9. Fistball. 10. Floorball. 11. Frisbee (Ultimate). 12. Gymnastics (Acrobatic Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics, Parkour, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Tumbling or chain stunts). 13. Beach handball. 14. Jiujitsu (Duo, Fight, Ne-Waza and National). 15. Karate (Kumite). 16. Kickboxing. 17. Korfball. 18. Lacrosse. 19. Lifeguards. 20. Muauthai. 21. Orientation. 22. Weightlifting. 23. Racquetball. 24. Skating (Artistic, Inline Hockey, Speed Skating Race and Speed Skating Rink). 25. Sport climbing (Rock and direct). 26. Squash. 27. Sumo. 28. Tug of war. 29. Swimming with fins. 30. Water skiing and wakeboarding. 31. Wushu (Taolu). 32. Aikido. 33. Bodybuilding. 34. Fishing. 35. Indoor hockey. 36. Netball. 37. Rugby. 38. Sambo. 39. Surf (it is included in the list of sports, but it has never been possible to celebrate, since the organizing cities did not have the necessary beach areas).
Medal table (first 10 positions):