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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
World Games
are organised and governed by the International
World Games
World Games
Association (IWGA), recognized by the International
Olympic Committee (IOC). The World Games are held every four years, one year after the Summer Olympic Games. The next host city will be Birmingham (Alabama), USA in 2021. A number of the sports that were on the programme of The World Games have been discontinued because they are now included in the programme of the Olympic Games, for example badminton, beach volleyball, trampolining, rugby sevens, taekwondo, triathlon, and women's weightlifting. Other sports have been Olympic sports in the past (like tug of war). Some of the sports that are held at The World Games
World Games
are acrobatic gymnastics, ultimate, orienteering, karate, powerlifting, finswimming, squash, korfball, billiards, water skiing, and dance sport. The sports that are included in The World Games
World Games
are limited by the facilities available in the host city; no new facilities may be constructed for the games. Between 25 and 30 sports have been included in the official programme of The World Games. In addition, the IWGA, in coordination with the host city, can invite some sport to participate in the "invitational" programme. No World Games
World Games
medals are awarded to invitational sports. To become part of The World Games
World Games
programme, the sport must be widely spread in the world and the specific international sports federation must be a member of the IWGA. In each sport, only the best athletes or teams may participate, as determined by the international sports federations. In most classes, it is necessary to qualify by a top ranking at the world championships or a qualification tournament to be able to participate.


1 Editions 2 Sports/Disciplines

2.1 Artistic and dance sports 2.2 Ball sports 2.3 Martial arts 2.4 Precision sports 2.5 Strength sports 2.6 Trend sports 2.7 Invitational sports

3 All-time medal table 4 See also 5 References 6 External links













Host cities of The World Games

Year Edition Host City Host Country Opened by Athletes Countries Official Sports Invitational Sports Top of the medal table

1981 1 Santa Clara[1]  United States Kim Un-yong 1745 58 15 1  United States

1985 2 London  United Kingdom Charles Palmer 1227 57 20 1  Italy

1989 3 Karlsruhe  West Germany Richard von Weizsäcker 1206 50 17 2  Italy

1993 4 The Hague  Netherlands Beatrix of the Netherlands 2264 72 22 4  Germany

1997 5 Lahti  Finland Martti Ahtisaari 1379 73 22 6  United States

2001 6 Akita  Japan Atsuko Toyama 1968 93 22 5  Russia

2005 7 Duisburg  Germany Otto Schily 2464 93 27 6  Russia

2009 8 Kaohsiung  Republic of China under the IWGA Designation:  Chinese Taipei Ma Ying-jeou 2536 101 26 5  Russia

2013 9 Cali  Colombia Angelino Garzón 2982 103 26 5  Italy

2017 10 Wrocław  Poland Thomas Bach 3168 102 27 4  Russia

2021 11 Birmingham[2]  United States

Sports/Disciplines[edit] Main article: World Games
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sports These are the official sports/disciplines of The World Games programme.[3] Artistic and dance sports[edit]

Acrobatic gymnastics Aerobic gymnastics Artistic roller skating Dancesport
(Latin, Salsa, Standard) Rhythmic gymnastics Trampoline (Synchronized, Double mini-trampoline) Tumbling

Ball sports[edit]

Beach handball[4] Canoe polo Fistball Korfball Floorball Lacrosse Racquetball Squash

Martial arts[edit]

(Duo, Fighting, Ne-Waza) Karate
(Kata, Kumite) Sumo Muay Thai

Precision sports[edit]

(Field, Target) Billiards
(Carom, Pool, Snooker) Boules
Sports (Boule lyonnaise, Pétanque, Raffa) Bowling
(Ten-pin bowling)

Strength sports[edit]

Powerlifting Tug of War
Tug of War
(Men Outdoor, Women Indoor)

Trend sports[edit]

Air Sports (Parachuting, Glider Acrobatics, Paramotoring) Finswimming Flying Disc (Ultimate) Inline Hockey Lifesaving
(Pool) Orienteering Roller Speed Skating (Track) Sport
Climbing Water Ski
Water Ski
& Wakeboard

Invitational sports[edit]

American Football Indoor Rowing Kickboxing Speedway

All-time medal table[edit] Main article: All-time World Games
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medal table Through the 2017 World Games
2017 World Games
Ranked by total medals:

Top ten total medal counts[5][6][7][8][9]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total

1  Italy 153 145 142 440

2  United States 142 131 109 382

3  Germany 137 111 138 386

4  Russia[a] 137 110 72 319

5  France 101 102 105 308

6  China 68 55 27 150

7  United Kingdom 60[b] 61 89 210

8  Japan 55 38 53 146

9  Ukraine 42[c] 47 36 125

10  Spain 42 42 42 126

^ The Soviet Union, which amassed 36 total medals in 1989, is counted separately from its successor states, including Russia. This is consistent with the separate counting of medals for other states that sub-divided into their constituent successor states following their initial participation in the World Games. These include Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro). ^ The 1981 mixed badminton title was won by a pair of players from Sweden and Great Britain. Both nations are counted as having won a gold medal. ^ In 2009, Ukraine
was stripped of two gold medals in bodybuilding for doping, which are not included here.

See also[edit]

Sports portal

Olympic Games Commonwealth Games Universiade African Games Asian Games European Games Pacific Games Pan American Games


^ "Santa Clara, USA 1981 Programme Sports". International
World Games Association. Retrieved 2015-11-05.  ^ Bryant, Joseph D. (January 22, 2015). "Birmingham wins! City chosen as site for 2021 World Games". www.al.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015.  ^ "TWG2017 Documents". theworldgames.org. Retrieved 16 September 2014.  ^ First time official sport in 2017. ^ "Results of the World Games". International
World Games
World Games
Association. Retrieved 2015-10-26.  ^ "2009 Kaohsiung: Doping Violations". International
World Games Association. Retrieved 2017-11-12.  ^ "The World Games
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2009 Kaosiung (sic)". International
Sumo Federation. Retrieved 2017-11-12.  ^ "The World Games
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2013 Cali
Medal Tally". sportresult.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26.  ^ " International
Federation – World Games". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 

External links[edit]

Official website All-time Medal table The World Games
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2017 Wrocław

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1985 Karlsruhe
1989 The Hague
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1993 Lahti
1997 Akita 2001 Duisburg
2005 Kaohsiung
2009 Cali
2013 Wrocław
2017 Birmingham 2021

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Sports of the World Games
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Italics indicate invitational sports at the 2013 World Games

Artistic and dance sports

Acrobatic gymnastics Aerobic gymnastics Artistic roller skating Dancesport Rhythmic gymnastics Trampoline

Ball sports

Beach handball Canoe polo Fistball Korfball Matkot Padel Racquetball Rugby sevens Softball Squash

Martial arts

Jujutsu Karate Sumo Wushu

Precision sports

Billiards Boules Bowling Field archery

Strength sports

Bodybuilding Powerlifting Tug of war

Trend sports

Canoe marathon Duathlon Finswimming Flying disc Lifesaving Orienteering Parachuting Paragliding Roller in-line hockey Speed roller skating Sport
climbing Water skiing

Past sports

Bodybuilding Casting Indoor field hockey Netball Roller hockey Surfing Tchoukball Tumbling Wakeboarding

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Official sports

Air sports Artistic roller skating Beach handball Bowling Boules Canoe polo Cue sports Dancesport Field archery Finswimming Fistball Flying disc Gymnastics Inline hockey Inline speed skating Ju-Jitsu Karate Korfball Lifesaving Muay Thai Orienteering Powerlifting Racquetball Sport
climbing Squash Sumo Tug of war Wakeboarding Water skiing

Past sports

Badminton Baseball Bodybuilding Casting Indoor cycling Lacrosse Netball Pelota Roller hockey Rugby sevens Sambo Softball Surfing Taekwondo Triathlon Weightlifting

Demonstration sports

Aikido American football Bahn golf Baton twirling Boomerang Dragon boat Duathlon Equestrian Floorball Gateball Indoor hockey Indoor trial Military pentathlon Pesapallo Road roller speed skating Tchoukball Water polo Wushu

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Multi-sport events



Olympic Games

Summer Winter

Youth Olympic Games

Disabled sports

Deaflympics Défi sportif Invictus Games CPISRA World Games INAS Global Games IBSA World Games IWAS World Games World Dwarf Games Paralympic Games

Summer Winter


Summer Winter

World Transplant Games


Lumberjack World Championship World Air Games World Martial Arts Games World Military Games World Police and Fire Games World Firefighters Games World Roller Games European Championship in Forestry Skills Southern Forestry Conclave Stihl Timbersports Series World Logging Championship

Youth and students

Gymnasiade International
Children's Games SELL Student Games Universiade World Interuniversity Games Commonwealth Youth Games

Other types

Arafura Games CSIT World Sports Games Dew Tour Mind Sports Olympiad World Mind Sports Games SportAccord World Mind Games TAFISA World Games World Combat Games World Games World Masters Games X Games World Beach Games


Commonwealth Games CPLP Games Croatian World Games Gay Games Invictus Games Islamic Solidarity Games Jeux de la Francophonie Lusophony Games Maccabiah Games Pan Arab Games Pan-Armenian Games Transplant Games World Eskimo Indian Olympics World Indigenous Games World Nomad Games World Outgames



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University Games


Pan American

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Central American and the Caribbean

Central American and Caribbean
Games Central American Games

Latin American

ALBA Games Bolivarian Games

North American

CANUSA Games North American Indigenous Games North American Outgames

South American

South American Games South American Beach Games South American Youth Games


Pan Asian

Asian Games Asian Beach Games Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Asian Para Games Asian Winter Games Asian Youth Games

Southeast Asian

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Central Asian Games East Asian Youth Games South Asian Games West Asian Games


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Arctic Winter Games Asia
Pacific Deaf Games Indian Ocean Island Games Island Games Mediterranean Games Pan Arab Games



South African Games1



British Columbia Quebec Western

Colombia United States

amateur juniors seniors Warrior Games

NCSG, United States3

Alabama California Florida Massachusetts Missouri Montana Nebraska New York North Carolina North Dakota1 Lakota Nation Texas Wisconsin


Bangladesh China

All- China
Games National Games National Peasants' Games National Youth Games

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Mongolia Pakistan Philippines

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Singapore South Korea

Summer Winter





Netherlands Poland
(youth) All-Union Spartakiad1 Spartakiad
of Albania1 Spartakiad
of Peoples of the USSR1




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Ancient Olympic Games Pythian Games Nemean Games Isthmian Games Heraean Games

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Alternatives to the Modern Olympics

Aryan Games Friendship Games GANEFO Goodwill Games Inter-Allied Games Islamic Games Liberty Bell Classic People's Olympiad Workers' Olympiads

Defunct regional or community events

Afro-Asian Games Asian Indoor Games Asian Martial Arts Games Central African Games East Asian Games Far Eastern Championship Games FESPIC Games Games of the New Emerging Forces Nordic Games Pacific Ocean Games Spartakiad
of Peoples of the USSR Tailteann Games (modern) Women's Islamic Games World Youth Games

Winter games


Olympics Paralympics Winter Universiade Commonwealth1 World Scout Arctic Winter Games Kennedy Memorial1 New Zealand Winter Games


National Winter Games of China Asian Winter Games European Youth Olympic Festival Winter X Games
X Games

1 Defunct 2 Sub-national 3 51 component games in 36 U.S. states