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World Games

International World Games Association
IWGA logo
First event 1981 - Santa Clara, California,  United States
Occur every four years
Last event 2013 - Cali,  Colombia
Purpose Multi-sport event for sports and disciplines that are not contested in the Olympic Games
Website IWGA Official Website

The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international 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, 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 currently held at the World Games are acrobatic gymnastics, ultimate, orienteering, body building, powerlifting, finswimming, squash, billiards, water skiing, and dance sport. 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 official World Games medals are awarded to invitational sports.


Year Location Hosts Athletes* / Countries Sports (Off./Inv.)
1981 Santa Clara, California  United States 1265/34 18/0
1985 London  United Kingdom 1550/34 19/4
1989 Karlsruhe  West Germany 1965/44 19/0
1993 The Hague  Netherlands 2275/69 22/3
1997 Lahti  Finland 2600/78 25/5
2001 Akita  Japan 3200/93 26/5
2005 Duisburg  Germany 3200/93 34/6
2009 Kaohsiung  Taiwan 3235/90 26/5
2013 Cali  Colombia 3870/109 31/5
2017 Wrocław  Poland
2021 TBD TBD


* without the invitational sports


These actually are the official sports/disciplines of The World Games programme.[1]

Artistic & Dance Sports
Ball Sports
Martial Arts
Precision Sports
Strength Sports
Trend Sports
Invitational Sports

All-time medal table

Medal counts[3]
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Italy 138 133 129 400
2  United States 125 110 95 330
3  Germany 122 102 129 353
4  Russia 98 81 57 236
5  France 86 81 84 251
6  China 54 43 22 120
7  Great Britain 53 55 69 177
8  Japan 42 30 47 119
9  South Korea 38 15 23 76
10  Sweden 37 35 45 117

See also


  1. ^ "TWG2017 Documents". Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  2. ^ First time official sport.
  3. ^ "World Games". Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

External links

  • IWGA Official Website
  • World Games all results at
  • The World Games 2017 Wrocław
  • The World Games 2013 Cali
  • The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung
  • The World Games 2005 Duisburg
  • Results of TWG2009
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